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An Hiftorical Account of all the Dramatic 
Writers (and their Works) that have 
appeared in Great Britain and Ireland^ 



Commencement of our Theatrical Exhibition's, 
down to the Prefent Year 1764. 

Compofed in the Form of a Dictionary, 

For the more readily turning to any particular 
Author, or Performance. 

IN T W O V O L U M E S. 

A Critical and Hiftorical Account of every Tragedy, Cnmedy, 
Farce, ^c. in the Enghjh Language. The refpeftive Merits orcachn 
Piece; and of the Actors who performed the principal ' 
Chara^crs, are particularly examined and pointed Out. 

VOL 11. Contains, „ ^.. - / 

The Lives and Productions of every Dramatiq Writer ^ot^)\^ J^nglifh 

or /r//l» Theatres, including not^oftly air tjifofe Meijoirs t^at 
have been formerly virritten, but a-lHiar .great Iffiimker »f« aew 
Lives and curious Anecdotes never fceforc, 5qmIl^*^/uta^ed ;:o' 'jhe 
Public— Alfo the Lives of our mod ce!ebr4t^^;A£^i:5, ^ho wsra - 
iikewife Authors of any Theatrical Compdfition fr/aa Shak^-J 
• PEAR and Johnson, dowrn to the prefent Tiiigir. . ; 



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A brief View of the Rife and Progrefs 
g/'/y^^ English Stage. 

IT is well obferved by the Author of a late Dif- 
fertation on the Theatres, that dramatic Com- 
pofitions have ever been efteemed amongft the 
greateft ProduSions of human Genius ; and that 
the Exhibition of them on the public Stage, has, 
by (bme of the, wifeft and* beft Men, in all Ages, 
been countenanced, as highly ferviceable to the 
Caufe of Virtue. 

Nothing is more certain than that Example is 
the ftrongeft and moft effectual Mannei^ of en- 
forcing the Precepts of Wifdom j and. that a juft 
Theatrical Reprefentation is the beft Pidlurc of 
human Nature : with this peculiar Advantage, that 
ifn this humanizing and inftrufting Academy, the 
yoUng Spectator may learn the Manners of the 
World, without running through the Perils of it. 

The fame Writer obferves, that as Pleafure is 
the Purfuit of the greateft Part of Mankind, (and 
moft juftly fo, while this Purfuit is continued un- 
der the Guidance of Reason) all well regulated 
States have judged it proper, both in a political and 
moral Senfe, to have fome public Exhibitions, for i 
the Entertainment of the People. And, indeed, 
what Entertainment, what Pleafure fo rational, as 
that which is afforded by a well- written and well- 
ailed Play 5 whence the Mind may receive ^X. owi^ 

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its fill of Improvement and Delight ? — Thus 
thought the wife and lettered Sages of ancient 
Greece ; the Romans adopted the fame Sentiments, 
and every pel iibcd Nation in Europe hath- received 
and cultivated the Dramatic Art. In this refpeft 
our i?r/V//Z> Iflands have been moft eminent; hav- 
ving produce^ admirable Aftors, and excellent ^^- 
tnors, both in the Comic and Tragic Style; and 
foaictinies alfo noble Patrons, who have done Ho- 
nour ta themfelves, by becoming the Friends and 
Protedors of Men of Genius* 

It is well known to the Learned, at what Ex»» 
pence the Athenians fupported their Theatres, and 
how often, from among their Poets; they chofe 
Governors of their Provinces, Generals of their 
Armies, and Guardians of their Liberties.— Who 
were more jealous pf their Liberties than the Jthe-- 
mans ? Who better knew that Corruption and De- 
bauchery are the greateft Foes to Liberty f— Who 
better knew, than they, that the Freedom of the 
Theatre (next to that of the Senate) was the beft 
Support of Liberty, againft all the undermining' Arts 
of thofe who wickedly might feek to fap its Foun- 
dation ? 

If it be afked. How came the Athenians to lay 
out. an hundred thoufand Pounds upon the Decora- 
tions of one fiogle Tragedy of Sophocles f May we 
not anfwer, It was not merely for the Sake of ex- 
' hibitirrg a pompous Spedacle for Idlcnefs to gaze at, 
but becaufe it was the moft rational, moft io- 
firudive, and moft delightful Compofition, that hu- 
inaa Wit had yet arrived at ; and conftquently, 
the meft worthy to be the iintertainment of a 
wife and warlike Nation: — And it may ftill be % 
Queflion,-^Whether this public Spirit inJpired So* 
pbocliSy or, whether Sophocles infpired this public 




The divine Socrates affifted Euripides^ in his 
Codipofitions. The wife Solon frequented Plays, 
even in his Decline of Life j and, Plutarch in- 
forms usj he thought Plays ufcful to polifli the 
Manners, and inftil the Principles of Virtue, 

As Arts and Sciences encreafed in Romey when 
Learning, Eloquence and Poetry flouriflied, Lelius 
improved his focial Hours with Terence \ and Sci^ - 
pio thought it not beneath him to make one in fo 
agreeable a Party, Cafar^ who was an excellent 
Poet as 'well as Orator, thought the, former Title 
an Addition to his Honour ; and ever mentioned 
Terenci and Menander with great Refpeft. Au- 
gufiusy foun(l it eaficr to make himfelf Sovereign of 
the World, than to write a good Tragedy : He 
began a Play called Ajax^ but could not finifli it. 
BrutuSf the virtuous, the moral Brutus^ thought 
his Time not mifemployed in ajourney from Rome 
to NapleSj only to fee an excellent Troop of Co- 
medians J and was fo pleafed with their Perform- 
ance, that he fent them to Rome^ with Letters of 
Recommendation to Cicero^ to take them under hils 
Patronage : — This too was at a Time when the 
City was under no fmall Confufion from the Mur- 
der of Cafar ; yet, amidft the Tumults of thofc 
Times, and the Hurry of bis own Affairs, he 
thought the having a good Company of Adlors of 
tQO much Confequence to the Public to be negle£l* 
cd. And in fuch Eftimation was Rofcius held by 
Ctceroy that in pleading the Caufe of the Poet y/r- 
cbiasy he makes the? moft honourable Mention of 

In the Days of Augujius^ when dramatic Enter- 
tainments were the common public Diverfions of 
the People through all the Provinces of that fpa- 
cious Empire 5 had they been deemed immocal^ 
could they have paffed uncenfured bv ?J\ out K^o- 


ftlcs, who at that Time went forth by divine Com- 
mand to convert all Nations ? No Vice, no Impie- 
ty efcaped them; not only crying Sins provoked 
their Cenfure, — they even reproved the Indecencies 
of Drefs, and Indelicacies of Behaviour. In many 
Places they muft certainly meet with Thea- 
tres. — But we hear not of one Poet or Aflor 
who received any repri nand from them. On the 
contrary, we meet with feveral Paflages in the 
Writings of St. Paul^ in which he refers to the 
dramatic Poets, citing their ExprefDons, in Con- 
firmation of his own Sentiments. But to come 
nearer our own Times, — the truly pious and 
learned Archbifliop Tillotfon^ fpeaking of Plays, 
gives this Teftimony in their Favour, that *< They 
might be fo framed, and governed by fuch Rules, as 
not only to be innocently diverting, but inftruSive 
and ufeful, to put fome Follies and Vices out of 
Countenance, which cannot perhaps be fo decently 
reproved, nor fo efFedlually expofed and correfted 
any other way.'* 

It is generally imagined, that the Englljh Stage 
rofe later than the reft of its Neighbours. Thofc 
who hold this Opinion, will, perhaps, wonder to hear 
of Theatrical Entertainments almoft as early as the 
Conqueft \ and yet nothing is more certain, if you 
will believe an honeft Monk, one William Supha- 
nides or Fitz Stephen^ in his Defcriptio Nobilijftma 
Civitatis Londonia^ who writes thus ; " London^ 
»« inftead of common Interludes belonging to the 
" Theatre, has Plays of a more holy Subjedt : 
'< Reprefentations of thofe Miracles which the holy 
" Confeflbrs wrought, or of the Sufferings where- 
" in the glorious Conftancy of the Martyrs did 
" appear." This Author was a Monk of Canter^ 
hnry, who wrote in the Reign of Henry II, fand 
died inthsii of Richard h 1191 : And as he does 



not mention thcfc Reprefentations as Novelties to 
the Peophe, (for he is defcribing all the comn^on 
Diveciions in ufe at that time) we can hardly fix- 
them, lower than the Conqueft ; and this, we be- 
Ireve, is an earlier Date than any other Natron of 
Europe can produce for their Theatrical Reprefen- 
tations. About 140 Years after this, in the Reign' 
oT EdwardWly it was ordained by Aft of Parlia- 
ment^ that a Company of Men called Vagrants^ 
who had made Mafquerades thro' the whole City, 
fhould be wbipt out of London^ bccaufe they re-* 
prefented fcand^lous Things in the little Alehoui^s, 
and other Plafres where the Populace ailembled* 
What the Nature of thefe fcaiidalous Things were, 
we are not told j whether lewd and obfc^ne, or im- 
pious and profane ; hut yre (hould rather think the- 
former, for the Woi^ d^afquerade has an ill" Sound, 
and, we believe, they were no better in their In- 
fancy than at prefent. *Tis true, the Myjieries of 
Religion were foon after this Period made very free 
with all over Europe^ being rcprefented in fo flu^* 
pid and ridiculous a Manner, that the Stories of the 
New Tejiament in particular, were thought to c!n- 
courage Lihertinifm and Infidelity. In all pro*-- 
bability therefore the Adors laft mentioned were^ 
of that Species called Mummers j thefe were 
wont to ftroll about the Country, drefs'd in an an% 
tick Manner, dancing, mimicking, and (hewing 
Poflures. This Cufton^ is ftill continued in many 
Parts oi England \ but it was formerly fo general, 
and drew the common People fo much from their' 
Bufinefs, that it was deemed a \^xy pernicious Cut ' 
tom : And as thefe Mummers always went mafked 
and difguifed, they were but too frequently en- 
couraged to commit violent Outrages, and were 
guilty of many lewd Diforders. How^vcr^ as bad 
as the/ were, they feem to be tVv^ Uu^ oivgxviX V^^ 


medians of England ; and their Excellence altoge- 
ther confided, as that of their Succeflbrs does in 
part Ail], in Mimickry and Humour. 

In an hQ. of Parliament made in the 4th Year 
oi Henry IV, mention is made of certain IVafiors^ 
Majier-Rimours^ Minflreh, and other Vagabonds, 
who infefted the Land of Wales ; And it is ena^fedy 
that no Mafter-Rimour, Minftrel, or other Vaga^ 
bond J be in any wife fuftained in the Land £/" Wales, 
to make Commoiths or Gatherings upon the People 
there. Vtf^at thefe Majler-Rimours were, which 
wer« fp troublefome in fVales in particular, we can- 
not tell ; poffibly they might be die degenerate De- 
f<:endants of the antient Bards. It is alfo difficult, 
to d€;termine what is meant by their making C^^^* 
moitbs^ The Word fignifies, in ff^elch, any Dif- 
tn&y or part of a Hundred or CanCred^ containing 
about one half of it ; that is, fifty Villages j and 
might poffibjy be made ufe of by thefe Afajier-Ri* 
fnours when they had fixed upon a Place to a£l in, 
suid gave Intimation thereof for ten or twelves Miles ' 
round, which is a Circuit that will take iii about 
fifty Villages. And that this was commonly done, 
appeai:s from Carew\ Survey of Cornwall^ which, 
was wrote in Q^ieen Elizabeth^ Time. Speaking 
of the Diverfions of the People, ** The Guary 
*^ Miracle (fays he) in Englijh a Miracle PIay> i$ 
*' a kind of Interlude compiled in Cormjh^ out of 
*' fome S<;ripture Hiftory. For reprefenting it they 
** /aife an Amphitheatre In fome open Field, haying 
^^ the Diameters of it« inclofed Plain, fome forty 
«' or fifty Foot The Country People flock from 
' ^' all Sides many Miles off, to fee and hear it ; for 
** they have therein Devils and Devices, to delight 
*^ as well the Eye as the Ear.'* Mr. Carew has 
not been fo ^xa^, as to give us the Time when 
thefe Guary Miracles were exhibited in Cornwall ; 




1)ut, by the Manner of it, the Cuflom feems to be 
very antient. 

The Year 1378 Is the earlicft Date we can find, 
in which exprcfs mention is made of the Repr efen- . 
tation ofMyfteries in England. In this Year the 
Scholars of Paul's School prefented a Petition to 
RUhardll. praying his Majefty, *« to prohibit 
** fome unexpcrt People from prefenting the Hiftory 
" of the Old Teftament, to the great Prejudice of 
•* the faid Clergy, who have been at great Expence 
*^ in order to rejprefent it publickly 2it%hrl/ima5,'* 
About twelve Years afterwards, viz. in 1390, the 
VTtrifh Clerks of Londsn are faid to have played In- 
terludes at Skinner's fVell^ July 18, 19 and 20. 
And again, in 1409, the tentb Year of Henry IV, 
they a&ed 2XClerkenweU (whfch took its Name from 
this Cuftom of the Parilh-Clerks a£ling Pk)^ there) 
for eight Days fucceffively, a Play concerning the 
Creation of the World : at which were prcfent moft 
of the Nobility and Gentry of the Kingdom. 
Thefe Inflances are fuflScient to prove that we had 
the Myfteries here very early. How long they con- 
tinued to be exhibited amongft us, cannot be ex- 
aflly determined. This Period one might call the 
dead Sleep of the Mufes. And when this was over, 
they did not prefently awake, but, in a kind of 
Morning Dream, produced the Moralities that fol- 
lowed. However, thefe jumbled Ideas had fome 
Shadow of Meaning. The Myfteries only rem-e- 
fented, in a fenfelefs Manner, fome miraculous 
Hiftory from the Old or New Teftament : But in 
thefe Moralities fomething of Defign appeared, a 
Fable and a Moi?al ; fomething alfo of Pioetry, the 
Virtues, Vices, and other AfFeflions of the Mind 
being frequently perfonified. But the Moralities 
were alfcr very often concerned whoHy in religiott^ 
Matters. For Religion thca vi«a tv^rj c«v€VC<stt- 

»ii I N T R O D U C T F O N; 

cern, and it was no Wonder if each Party employ^ 
ed all Arts to promote it. Had they been in Ufe 
How, th&y would doubtlefs have turned as much 
upon Politicks. Thus, the New Cujiom^ wa« cer- 
tainly intended to promote the Reformation, when 
it was revived in the Reign of Queen Elizabeths 
Aftd in the more early Days of the Reformation, it 
was Xo common for the Partizans of the old .Docr 
trines (and perhaps alfo of the new) to defend apd 
illiiftrate their Tenets this Way, that in the 24t|i 
of Henry VIII, in an AS of Parliament made foii: 
the prompting true Religion, we find a Cbufe re- 
ftraioing all Rimors or Players from fingingin SoRg«, 
or playing in Interludes, any thing that £hould con- 
tradiiS the eftablifhed Dodtrines. It was alfo cuf- 
tomary at this time to z& thefe moral and religious 
Dramas in private Houfes^ for the Edification and 
Improvement, as well as the Diverfion, of well- 
difpofed Families : And for this Purpofe the Appear- 
ance of rtie Perfons of the Drama were fo difpofed, 
as that five or fix AQors might reprefent twenty 

What has been faid of the Myftcries and Morali- 
ties, it is^ hoped will be fufficient juft to flicw the 
Reader what the Nature of them was. We Ihould 
have been glad to be more particular ; but where 
Materials are not to b^ had, the Building muft be 
deficient. And, to fay the Truth, a more parti- 
cular Knowledge of thefe Things, any farther thaii 
as it ferves to (hew the Turn and Genius of our 
Anceftors, and the progrcflive Refinement of our 
Language^ was fo little worth preferving, that the 
Lofs of it is fcarce to be regretted. We proceed 
therefore with our Subjeift. The Mufe might now 
be faid t6 be juft awake when (he began to trifle .in 
the old Interludes, and aimed at fomething like 
Wjt and Humour. And for thefe John Heyioo^d 


I N T R O D U C T I O N. xiii 

the Epigrammifl undoubtedly claims the earlieft, if 
not the foremoft Place. He was Jcftcr to King 
Henry VIII, but lived till the Beginning of Qucca 
Elizabeth's Reign. Gammet Gurt§tt*s NtedU^ 
which is generally called our firft Comedy, and 
not undefervedly, appeared foon after the Inter- 
ludes : It is indeed altogether of a Comic Caft, aivJ 
wants not Humour, tho' of a low and fordid KinicJ. 
And now Dramatic Writers, properly fo callecl^ 
began to appear, and^ turn their Talents to the 
Stage. Henry Parker^ Son of Sir JFiUiam Parker^ 
is faid to have wrote feveral Tragedies and Come- 
dies in the Reign of Henry VI II j and one yobn 
Hoker^ in 1535, wrote a Comedy called Pifcator^ 
dr the Fijher caught. Mr. Richard Edwards^ whp 
was born in 1523, (and in the Beginning of Queen 
Elizabeths R^ign was made one c? the Oentleni^ 
of her Majefty's Chapel, and Matter of the Clnl* 

%^4fen there) being both an excellent Mufician, ind 
a good Poet, wrote two Comedies, one called Par 
lismon and Arcite^ in which a Cry of HoundS) in 
hunting, was fo well imitated^ that the Queen aQ4 
the Audience were extremely delighted : The othftf 
called Damon and Pithias^ the tiQ§ fahhfulkfi ;^ 
jFriends in the fVorld. After him came Tthomas 
SackvilU^ Lord Buckhvrft^ and Thomas Nortoij^ 
the Writers of Gorboditc^ the firft Dramatic Piece 
of any Confideration in the Englljb Language. Of 

' thefe and fome others, hear the Judgment of P«<- 
ienhamj in his Art of Poetry^ written in the Reign • 
of Queen Elizabeth : ** I thiak, fays he, that fpr 
** Tragedy the Lord of Bucihurjt^ and Maifler 
«< Edward Ferrys^ for fuch doings as I have feon 
«« of theirs, do deferve the highcft Price: TBc 
** Earl of Oxford^ and Maifter Edwards of her 
** Majefty's Chapel, for Comedy and Interlude.'* 
And in another Place he fays,—** But the ?tltvcvvk%\ 

xiv I NT R O D U C T I O N. 

♦'Man in this Profdfion (of Poetry) at thie'fame 
*^ Time {viz. Ei/uardVl.) was Maifter Edward 
•«:» firryi, a Man of no lefs Mirth, and Felicity 
*« than Jchn Heyuocd^ but of much mere Skill 
** and Magnificence in his Metre, and therefore 
*< Wi^tc for the moft Part to the Stage in Triagedy, 
** and fcmetimes in Comedy or Interlude ; wherein 
•* he gave the King fo much good RecreAiion, as 
** be had thereby many good Rewards.'* Of this 
Edward Ferrys^ fo confiderable a Writer, I can 
find no Remains, nor even the Titles of any 
Thing he wrote. After thefe followed John Lillie^ 
famous in his Time for Wit, and having greatly 
improved the Engitfl) Language, Jn a Romance 
which he wrote, entitled, Eupheus and his Eng^ 
'i/indy or the Anatomy of Wit \ of which it is faid 
by the Publifher of his Plays, '* Our Nation arc 
,*^ in his Debt for a new £w^/?/^ which he taugh't 
•* them, Eupheus and his England began firft that 
** Language. All our Ladies were then his Scho- 
•'♦< krs, and that Beauty in Court who could not 
'^' I arte Euphuifmy was as little regarded^ as fhe 
-*♦ which now there fpeaks not Frenc/:.** This ex- 
traordinary Romance, fo famous for its Wit, fo fa- 
ihionaHe in the Court of Queen Elizabeth^ znA 
which is (aid to have introduced fo remarkable a 
. Change in our Language, we have feen.and read. 
"It iar an unnatural affecled Jargon, in which the 
•perpetual Ufe of Metaphors, Allufions, Allegoties, 
**drtd Analogies, is to pafs for Wit ; and ftifF Bom- 
baft for Language. And with this Nonfenfe tile 
Court of Queen Elizcleih (whofe Times afforded 
' better Models for Stile and Compofiiiori, than almoft 
'any finCe) became n;iferab'y infefled, and greatly 
helped to let in all the vile Pedantry of Language in 
the foltowing Reign. So much Mifchicf the moft 
ridiculous Inftfumcnt may do, when it is propofed, 
*' ' . by 


hy deviating ftom Nature, "to improve ;uport /-her 

Simplicity^ft ,/ • 

^h'Ouigb Trpg^dy and Comedy bcgao now to Yfk 
«p,thq*^r;He^4s?,yQt they could do no mare for. foni« 
tipie^ 4^>^fi blaft€5r itad quibble 5 ? .^nd' how .iiT4)erfeA 
t^jy w^ft ia ^^Jl Dramatic Art^ appiears ixom^(\.^>L^ 
celJ^Ht Critigifm, hyS'ir Philip Su/mj^ on th6 W/?- 
ters of th^t Time* Yet they feem to hav« hdd a 
Difpofition, to do better had. they known how»* a« 
appears by the feveral Efforts they ufed toJick th^ 
Lump into a Shape : For foaic of their Pieces thqy 
adorned with dumb Shews, (bme with Chorufes, 
and fome they introduced and explained by an Interr 
locutor. Yet imperfe£t as they were, we have 
rpade a far better Progrefs at this^ Time tharn our 
Neighbours, ih^ French : The Itairans indeed, hr 
early, Tranflations of the old Dramatic Writer4f 
)iad arriAfed to greater Perfedtion, but we were at 
ieaft upon a Footing with the other Nations of Ett- 

Butnow, 5tf it were, all at once (as it happened 
in /V^«c^, though in a much later Period) the true 
Drao^a received Birth and Perfeflion from tlv ere**- 
tive Genius of Shakefpearj Fletcher and Johnfaii,^ 
whofe reversal Charaflers are fo well known, that it 
would be fuperfluous to fay any more of them. >.- 

Having thus traced the Dramatic Mufes thro*, all 
her Chara3ers and Transformations, till ih^ hj^ 
acquired a^reafonable Figure^ let us now return ar^ 
take a niore particular Vievfr of the Stage and the 
A£lors. The firft Company of Players we have 
any Account of in Hiftory, are the Children t>f 
Paurs in 1578, already mentioned About twelve 
Years afterwards the Parifli Clerks of Londpn 
are faid to have aiSed the Myfteries at Skinner^ s 
W4IU Wbi^h of thefe two Com^nies may bliye 
been theca^licft, is not ceruin, but as the CbU- 
' b 2 ^^^^ 

xv! ri^r ¥ R Q D U C T I ON. 

iitertoiPaoPk arc firft mentioned, we fno4 hi JiA** 
tice 'give the Priority to them. It is certain, "the 
Mj^fterfcs aiid Moralities were aSW bv thfeft two 
Sorietks many Years before any o{her Vegotrt 
Cbrnpanies appeared. And the Children ^f F^tlt^ 
cbrit|ttued to aft long after Tragedies and 'Cdmes* 
dies^c^nrie hi vogue, even tiU the Year j6i?,^heii 
a Comedy called Jad Drum*s EhtertditMien^' '^U 
aited by ttiem, *Tis believed,' the next Cbnr>^^ny 
Regularly eftabliflied was, the Children of 7/-v\^i|>'^/ 
Chtjpel^ in the Bcgintring df Queen SU^ab^th'k 
Reign ; the Dircftion of which ^as given foMfi 
Rubor J Edwards before-mentioned : And fenr^i 
few Years afterwards, as the Subjeft ^f the S^^i 
Became more gay and ludicroui, a Conrparty Wdi 
foimed under the Denomination of Tht GhUdrtfi 6f 
the Revels. TTie Children of the Chapel arid <5f 
the Revels became very famous, and all Liltie'k 
P!ays, and manv of Shahfpear\ JthifoH\ ' arfd 
others, were iirft afted by them. Nay, fo gVedt 
#is thdr Vogue and Eftimation, that the cointtiod 
Pfayer^, as may be gathered from a Se*ne in iflW;^* 
f^U g'^w jealous of them. However, th*y fe^etl 
as an excellent Nurfery for the The^atifes, miu ' 
tMTib afterwards becanfte approved Actors, fceii 
educated amohg them. ' 

" It is furpriTing to confider what a Number- of 
PTayhoufcs were ftipported in London a^out thfS 
Time. From the Year 1 570 to the Year l6a^,' 
Hi'hcn the Playhoufe \nWhite Ft/ars w^s fi\i\{h^ifi 
no Ms than fevcnteen Playhoufes h^d been 1)uilr.' 
"I^h^ Nimes of moft of them may b^ toMedeff 
Trbm the Title Pages of old Plays. Ati4 tts f hb 
Theatres were fo numerous, the Corftpafny of Pfayw 
«^rs' were h Proportictt. Befides tlfe ' OhVldi^rt^ df 
Ac ChapH, and of the Rennets, we are tdW^thit 
Qtiecn Jf/rttfff///, at the Reqiseft aH^itiRrandi 


J^K.T1 ^ Q) ^ Vi e. 1 1iQ^ ^^ji 

of tlv? ..pri9cipaJ:P]ayers orth^ Tjop^? .Y^^^^^^tf 
undci? xbe Name of her Majefty's Cf^edUa^jg^fy^ 
Serv*Psts.:j.;Butexdufive of tbefe^ i^W No^bJep^jp 
ret^Hed Cpgip^njes-orPiayers, ; wj}6 aaed npt^oqly 
j)ri¥at^yj rip their Lor^^'s 3^^%^ %t pu6KcVJj^,if3^ 
dc^^^?.thejr •Lwj.enfe and Protection. ,^greei3.b|e ^p 
thU ir tfeevAccouDt which Stowgwc^ us— -" 02^yfj^ 
*^ innfprmer Times, fays he, were Retainer^ tp 
** J^pble^n, and none had the Privilege to a^t 
'** PUys but fuch. So in Queen Elizabeth^ Timcji 
*• rn^kny of the NobiHty had Servants and Retainer 
V.^whp vvcrc Players, and went about getting their 
^< JLjv^Iihood t;hat Way, The Lord Admiral hafl 
** Play^is, fp. had Lord Strange^ that played, in tl^(> 
'* L,mdon\ And it was ufual on any Gen,*? 
**. tlenfian's Complaint of them for indecent Re^j 
^*. Jipftip^s in their Plays, to have them put dow;i^ 
^^, Thu^ortcc the Lord Treafurer figpifipd to t^p 
?* t^r4 I>4wr ^9 ^^ve thefe Players of llrord^Ad- 
^V CliifaJ|>a4d Lford ij/r/z;?^^ prohibited, at le^ipf 
<(( i^gie time, bccaiife one Mr. Tilney had for Ton^ij 
^ ^ fLeafpd difliked them. Whereupon . th^ Mayof 
^^fe^t&ir both Companies, and gave them ftrid| 
^* Charge to forbear playing till farther Orde% 
<* The Lord Admiral's Players obeyed j but i\\^ 
«* L^d: iSjrangi^y \h a contemptuous Manper, 
*f * wei>t ti) the Crvfs Keys^ and played that Aftcf*^ 
*V npon* .Upon, y^bich the Mayor cpminitted iw^ 
«< pf thcqil |o the Ccmpury and prohitrted ,all p%xv 
•* ing fcH- the future, till the TreafurerV. Ple^-, 
*r few was father known. This was in isSg.',^ 
AfwJ in 4t¥?ther Part of his Survey q{ LonJouj fpeal^f^ 
in^jE^ ibe S^age^ he fays,^ <* This which vf^ oncp 
^*, a. Ivf^creatioi^ and ufed tberefore «k>w and tbjmj 
^VoccAfionallyi afterwards by Abufc becam^s ,|, 
i^ Trilde an4.Callii)£, and fo remains to this U^Xi 

b I ^ txw 

^^viii 1 N T k 6 D U C T t O N. 

*Vln tTiofe former Days, ingenkjus Tradcfmen, 
•*^ and Gentleman's Servants, would fomedmes ga^ 
•^ ;ther a Company of thcmfelves, and learn Irfter- 
f^ ludes, to cxpofe Vice, or to reprefent the noble 
^ A<f\ions of our Artceftors. Thefe they played at 

" ' ^ Feftlv^ils, in private Houfes, at Weddings or 
^^** qfthfer Entertainments, but in Procefs of Time 

"* "** |t became an Occupation; and thefe Plays being 
'** commonly afted on Sundays and Feftivals, ' the 

' '** Churches were forfaken^ and the Playhoufes 

*** thronged. Great Inns were ufed for this Pur- 

"•* pofe, which had fecrct Chambers and Places, as 

•' well as open Stages and Galleries- Here Maids 

' *' and good Citizens Children were inveigled and 

' '•' allured to private and unmeet Contra^s; here 

■« were publickly utter'd popular and feditrous Mat- 

^* ters, unchafte, uncomely, and fhameful Speeches, 

*' and many other Enormities, The Confidera- 

•^ tion of thefe Things occafioned, in 1574.) Sir 

■]**'y<7A//^j'jF/<?zt'^i being Mayor, an A<Sl of Common 
*^ (pouncil, wherein it was ordained, That no 

' •* Play fliould be openly afled withiii the Liberty. 

i' ^^ o^ the City, wherein (ho uld be uttered any 

*^ Words, Examples or Doings of any Unchaftlty, 

y** Sedition, or fuch like unfit and uncomely Mat- 

* ** ter; under the Penalty of five Pounds; and four- 

'^^•* teen bays Imprifonmeht. That noPlayihould 

■' *« ;bfe aij^ed tiir hrft perufed and alloWSed' by the 

' "** Lord Mayor anJCpurt of Aldermen"; WhH many 
•* other Reflriftions^ Yet it was provided that 
f^ tVis'Aft fliould not extend to Plz^s ftiowed in 

' •* private ^oufes, the Lodgings of a Nobfenrian, 
■ ^^C'ftjzen or Gentleman, for the Celebratten of 

V. ^^ any Marriage, or other Feflivity, and where na 
^'^ tjolledion of Money was made Trdrh the Au- 
'^•d iters. But thefe Orders Were not fo well ob- 
^<'fQ-ved as they fliouU bej the l^wd l^attefs of 

^ *< Plays 


I N T R O D'U C T I O N. »Ix 

, i«r Phys cncreafcd, and they were^^thought dangc- 
** raus to Religion, the State, ^^oneftjjaad Han- 
" •jners, ' and alio for lnfe<9ion , in t^c ,Tiaie> of 

- ** Sif:kners. Wherefore they were afterw?,r|ds>for 
; •*r,fo^e Tinje totally fupprefled.. J^ui upp^nJip- 

t )«« plkatlon to the Queen and Council they i»cre 

5* ragain tolerated, under the following ReflriiSiDns, 

^^rTi>at' no Plays be afted on Sundays ataJI, ,iior 

•* ofn any other Holidays till after Evening Prayer. 

; ♦•- Thajf no playing be in tbe Dark, nor continue 
•^ any fuch Time, but as any of the Auditors may 
*< return to their Dwellings in London before S«n- 
♦*J fet, or at Icaft before it be dark. TfUt the 
'•* Queen's Players only be tolerated, and of them 
** their Number and certain Names to be notified 
•* in the Lord Treafurer's Letters to the Lord 
<^* Mayor, and to the Juftices of MiddUfex and 
*< Surry, And thofe her Players not to divide 
•' thesifelves in feveral Companies. And that»for 
•• breaking any of thcfe Orders, their Toleration 
*• ceafe. But all thefePrefcriptions were not fuf- 
•' iicient to keep them within due Bounds, but 
•* their Plays, fo abufive oftentimes of Virtue, or 
••particular Perfons, gave great Offence, and oc-* 
•* cafior>ed many Difturbances : When they were 
«« now and then flopped and prohibited." ITis 
hoped this- lor>g Quotation from Stow will te, .ex- 
cufed, as it fervcs not only to prove feveral Fafts, but 
to (hew the Cufloms of the Stage at that Time, 
and the early Depravity of it. But that the Plays 
not only of that Age, but long before, were fomc- 
times perfona) Satires, appears frOm a Manufcript 
Letter from Sir J^hn Halites to the Lord Chancel- 
lor B^rliigh^ found amongft fome Papers belonging 
to tke Houfe of Commons, in which the Klnjght 

.. ^Ct^ufes his Lordfhip of having faid feveral diibo- 
hotrrabie Things of him aud bis Familyj jparticu- 

xk INT R O O U C T-1 O N. 

larly <^Trat' M4 Gr^nd Hither, who bad thefi iii^ii 
dead fevertty Yeai'^, was a Man fo remarkably Co^ 
Vetottsi' that^he comlnon Players reprcfeiitcd feim 
before thfeOourt with great Applaiife. 

Thi»we fee ^hc Stage no fboner began to talk 
than it grew fcarrilous : Arid its iirft Marks of 
Senfe wete feen In Ribaldry audi Lafciwoufners^ Tiiti 
occafiorted much Offence ; the Zeal of the f^olpitf 
and the Gravity of the City equally concurred td 
condemn it. Many Pamphlets were wrote ^ on 
bath Sides. Stephen Gajfon^ \n the* Year 1579,^^ 
publrfhed a Book^ entituled, Tht &chool of Abufe^ 
or, a pleafant Inin^ivi againji P&ett^ Pipers^ flaj^* 
en^ ytji^rs^ and fuch like Caterpillars of the 6om^ 
mortwealth : Dedicated to Sir Philip Sidney, Hc^ 
alfo wrote, Plays confuted infiire^ A^fiont : Proving* 
that they are not to be fuffcred in a Chriftian Gom'^ 
monwealrii : Dedicated to Sir Francis Walfin^hantm 
The^Defendants in this Controverfy were H-hoftiai' 
X^</jf^ who wrote an old Play, caUed, A hosting^ 
Gliijfsfot London ^7»i England, and that vokmi*- 
nous Dramatic Writer, Thomas Heywo^^ : ' * 

But to proceed : The Stage foon after recoverod^ 
il$ Oedit, and rofe to a higher Pitch than even Ia^ 
1603, the firft Year of King Jameses Reign, a 
Ltcenfe was granted under the Privy Seal to Shah^ 
fptCTy Fiitcber^ Burbagey Hemmings^ Cortdel^ and 
ettefcrsv suithorizii^ them to %Qt Plays not «6niy>at 
tMt* tttbM Houiie, the Ghhe on the^ Bani-Jidcihutl 
in ainy other Part of the Kingdom^ during his Ma-^^^ 
jefty'^d PleaAtre. And now, as there lived together 
sit thii tfOi6 many eminent Players^ k may not b6 
aitufa jaft tafet down whaf we can ceUe<^ whtch:^ 
wi4i>il|&biit very^li^, of tfa^e moft cooliderable of' 
tbci^^ ^kfii regard tp their Talents and AbilUie^\ 
And ikft^ <^ wiu> isof more Reilort, feys the Aui« 
^^ ihiQt of ^t^Jtiim-M/rom Parnaftts^ than Diet 
> /y *' Burbagi 

** Gthtiem^n tl^at kddvrs I3<H fiifA B^rfwg^ aitd 
**• ff^iU^-^mptc Theifc's not a Coun^f ji ; W«i^(^ 
** that can daoO^^^/few/rrV RejHndy . but.lca^ talk of: 
^\ Bkt SMfMg^ and H^iU'Kffnpe<* Btuohge^yins 
the Jtif^f /^, and Ktjw^^ th^ N^es of that Ag^f 
Bmtagf^^H the OrigiAal Richdrd the TI^N^ a-iuip 
greati^ dtflinguiihdd kimf^^ll' in that Chara£bef>^ 
JTif/T^^ wa9inin\ilal>lQ in the Part of a Clown, 
:jrh§mfls Green was famoUs foe performing th^ 
Part of a Clown with great Propriety and Hu*i 
ln<H«r^ and from his cxcelient Pcrforajance of thfe 
Ghaf^^€t of HuMe^ in a Comedy Writlen by Mr- 
y^im\ G&^k^ iht A«tb6r called it after hia^ Nanj^,^ 
G^n*s Tu \^uo^ue. ** There was riot ain A^or*- 
^ <»y« Heywoedj of his Natiire* ifi ^fcis Ttme> . i5f 
** ttetler Ability in his Pcrformaqcej more ap^ 
*«* pfettiedfty tae Audrence, of grea^ter Grace at 
«* Cdi^t, or ^ nH>i«e gcrteral Love in the CitJ.? \ 

Mem^mgs and Cmdel w^re two confiderable^ A^*|! 
%mij<»/tt)^ biSh^kefpear^s^ Joimfin*^ kM'FUuhk 
vr^ Plays V tln^ ffirft in Ttagedy, i9ie lirili^i C<^. 
ihed^/r But they are better known for feeing^ tffe 
feft Editors of Shnhtpear's Works in Folici,' in tho. 
Year Ii6a3, teve*i Years after his Death. - ^; 

And. no^ the Theatre feeots to have heen atjil;^' 
Height of Glory and Reputation* Djrama^'c P^*^\ 
thorjg :ibounded> and every Ytfar forodiscetl a Ijjiwafllr 
terbf ntW' Plap : Nay^ fo great was ihePafliM; 
«l;thisptrme for Shew or Reprefeiitatroh^ ^that i^ was . 
th«vffaOii6n for the Nobility tb cekbratiif t theit . 
Wieddingsj Birth- Day s^ and other Occafistis of. 
-file^idng, with Mafques and Interiudesv j^bich , 
were?iKkhtbieerf^ with fiirprifung Expence % tl»it gre#t 
Atzhii^Gt htigp ^iPTiej 'berog^&eqiientjf eniploycdiio : 
furnf^ Decorations with air the Magnificence nof- 
his Invenaon*' The King and his Lords, the 



Queen an^ her Ladies, frequently performed in 
thefe Mafques ^t Court, and all the Nobility in 
their own private Houfes: In fhort, no publick 
Entertamr7i(?nt was thought compleat without them 9 
and to this Humour it is we owe, ai>d perhaps 'ti» 
all we owe it, the inimitable Mafque. at X^udlowr^ 
Cajlle. For the (ame univerfal Eageruei^ ^flqi: 
Theatrical Diverfions continued during the .wb^lp 
Reign of Kinr^ James^ and great Part of ChofU^ 
the Fii-ft, till Puritanifm, which had now ga- 
thered great Strength, openly oppofed them , a^ 
wicked and diabolical. But Puritanifm* fropi* 
Thoufend concurrent Caufes every Day incre^fi 
fiftg, in a little Time overturoca the Conftitu* 
tion ; and, amongfl their many. Reformatbps this 
{Was one, the total Suppreifion of all Plays aqd 
Plaj'houfes. . 

; From Queen EUzahethh Time, to the breaking 
out of the Civil War in 1641, the, Number of 
Playhotifes was feldom lefs than eight, and foine* 
times double that Number; though London and 
JVefifninJier were then fcarcely a tenth Part fp large 
as at prcfent. 

Soon aftejr the Reftoration, the Theatres re- 
vived, and two Patents were granted to King 
Charles the Second, one to form a Company to be 
called the King's, the other the Duke's: — They 
were feverally granted to Sir fPilUam Davenant^ 
add Mr. Kilhgrew — But both thefe Patentees found 
it prudent to take fome principal Aflors into Share? 
with them. Accordingly Mohun^ Harty Kynajlon^ 
and other A6lors, became Partners with K'dli" 
grew \ as did Better ton ^ Smithy Harris^ Under" 
hilL and others, with Sir TViltiam Davenant* 

But thefe Patents became afterwards branched 
out into difFerent Hands,^ and were purchafed in 
Parcels, by the indolent and ig^norant, who fo op- 

^ ^ prefl'ed 

I N T R O D U C T I O N. xxlii 

prefled the Adior's, that on thefr Juft Complaints 
made td the Earl of Dorfet^ then Lord Chamber- 
hiin, he nbt only heard, but rcdrefled their Grie- 
Tahces : He took the moft efFedual Method for 
their Relief. TheXcarned of the Law were advifed 
IVithj^'whd then (as many have fi nee) gave it as 
^cti' Opir/ion, that if afling of Plays wtx^ malum 
f^jft'(in Itfelf criminal) no Royal Sanftion ought, 
or Could, proteft them; but, as neither Law no/ 
cttRtribn Senfe, had ever deemed them fo. Patents, 
afhd ' Licences, were thought proper Grants from 
tf»e Crown j and that no Patent, from any former 
•King, could tie up the Hands of a fucceeding 
PHhce from granting the like Authorities, 

'On this Reprefentatlon, King TVilUam granted a 
licence to MefT. Betterion^ Kynajion^ I^oggtt^ Bow^ 
man^ JJnderhiUy Mrs. Barry ^ Mrs. Bracegirdlt\ and 
Gfthel*s, to form a Company,' and aft for thera- 
fclves. And 

^^A 'Voluntary Subfcrlption was foon raifed to burld 
them a Theatre, which they opened, on EaJ^K 
^Mhrtday^ 1695, with that admirable Comedy (then 
a new one) called Love for Love, There they 
continued aboi/t ten Years, till a Licence from 
Queen Anney being granted to ^xt John Fanbrugh^ 
and Mr^ Congreve^ thefe forementioned Aftors were 
infltienced, by hopes of large Rewards, to a<£t un* • 
der thefe new Managers ; but, in two Seafons, 
thdfe Gentlemen, though Men of great Parts, Wi^ 
and S^nfe, from their Liexperience, and Want of 
Knowledge in the various Branches of Stage Ma- 
nagement, foon found themfelves difappointed not 
only in their flattering Profpedi of Gain, but were 
vnable to make good their Contrafts.— It was therr 
that the late Mr. Swinny agreed with Sir John for 
the Ufe of his Houfe, Cloaths, Scenes, ^c, at a 
certain Rent i this 'was no fooner done, than the 


Aftors flew from their ignorant Tyrant of Drury^ 
Lane (who haa got the Paten t«, by unaccountable 
Methods, into his Hands) and played under Mr. 
Swinnyy who took Mr. IVilks^ Mr. Ctbbery and 
Mr. Dogget^ into the Management with him. The 
Theatre again revived, and the ASors began to 
know the Sweets of being honeftly aqd regularly 
paid th^ir Due. It is faid, that in one Seafon* 
they received two hundred Days Pay. 

The Royal Patents being again fold out in fcvc^ 
ral Parcels, became the Property of Gentlemen' 
who were too much attached^ to their PleaCures, to 
allow fo much Time, and Attention, as was necef- 
(ary for carrying on the Bufinefs of the Theatre. 
Tbe Patents being united, the Propt-ietors of them, 
to favc themfclves trouble, deputed an Agent to 
aft for them. He was, perhaps, one of the moft 
dull, yet cunning Mortals, that, ever by Stupidity 
fpoiled a good Projefl, or by Craft and Chicanery 

Pot the better of unguarded Men of fuperior 
Mr. Cihher^ in his Apology, obfervcs, that this 

food M after was as fly a Tyrant as ever was at the 
lead of a Theatre ; for he gave the A£tors more 
Liberty, and fewer Days Pay, than any of his 
Prcdecefl!brs i he would laugh with them over a 
Bottle, and trick them in their Bargains ; he kept 
them poor, that they might not be able to rebel ; 
and fometimes merryy that they might not think 
of It. 

This was the Net the ASors were heI3 in for fe- 
veral Years ; but, no wonder the Adiors were Dupe^, 
while their Mailer was a Lawyer ; and he ofteo 
ihewed the Proprietors (who entrufled him with 
the Management of their Patent) that he khew 
enough of the wrong ^Side of the Law to lead 
them a long Dance in Chancery, for many Yeaifs 
a tcgethcr. 


together. Thus did he perplex, and embroil their , 
Affairs, till he tired them out, and got the Power 
into his own Hands. 

There being then but one Company, the A&ors 
found theoifelyes all reduced in their Salaries (lo\y 
enou^ before) and an Indulto was laid of one 
third of the Profits of their Benefits^ for the Ufe 
of the Patentee. 

Thefe, and other his repeated A&s of Injuftic^, 
and ftupid Tyranny, made the A<5lors joih in ^ 
Body to apped for Redrefs to the Lord Chambeiv 
lain. They again were heard, and again fouiijl 
redreiii; aiid an Order came from that Office to « 
fnpeffede the Power of the Patentee i whofe Ai|« 
thorjty no longer fubfifting,, the confederate A&ors 
waHced out of the Houlc } to which they never 
returned till they became Tenants and Mafters 
of it. 

After the Superfedeasp* of the Patent, the Pow<r 
of ading Plays was, by a Court Licence, and a 
Court Intereft, ihifted into different Hands, during 
the laitter Part of Queen ^««^'s Reign. But the 
nominal Director (appointed by the Court) leaving 
the Manag«nent thereof intirely to MelF. ff^iiks^ 
Gibber and Dogget^ contented himfelf with the Cer- 
tainty of receiving an annual Income of feven hun- 
dred Pounds. No inconfiderable Stipend for doing 

On the Acccflioa of George the Firft to the 
Crown of Great Britain^ Sir Richard Steel ob- 
tained a Patent, ^ Governor of his Majefty's 
Comply of Comedians, and MefF. fVilks^ CU^ 
her smd Booths were made joint Dire<5lors and 
Sharers i^ith him ; During their Adminifl:rati9rv 
(which lafted near twenty Years) the Bufinefs 
pf the Stage was to well conduced, that Au- 
thors, Aftors and Managers, had never enjoyed 

c more 

xxvi IN T ROD U C r I O N. 

fnpre mutual Coment^ or a more general Profpe* 

tity. . ' 

- Then it was, tbat thp polite World, by tktir 
generous Encouragement of Authors, and AdoTs, 
mt^tiy tbat the Stage, under a due Rcgulatkui, 
wa^ capable of being, what the wifeft Agescthought 
it might be, the moft ratbnal Scheme that human 
Wit could poflibly form, to alleviate the Cares of 
Life ; to allure the ill-difpofed, from lefs innocent 
Amufenoents, and to give the Hours of Leifure 
frontrBufinefs, an inflru<5live and delightful Reciea* 

The Patent granted to Sir Richard Steele wAs 
for his^ Life, and to his Ailigns for three Years 
afterv He died in 1729 ; and in 1732 a new Pa- 
tent was granted to MefT. CMerj IVilki and Bo9tb» 
,Tbe latter, whofe Illnefs had for fome Yeirs paft 
deprived the Stage of one of its chief Ornaotents, 
ioon after fold a Moiety of hisShare: And not 
lone after, the Stage fuffered an irreparable Lofs, 
hj^ufVUks's Death. His Widow took a*^ no- 
minal Partner into her Share j and Mr. C/^^^r's 
^Shire w^s farmed by his Son, the unfortunate 
,7hi9tkilus } till the Father fold it. Mr. Bokb did 
notjong furvivc Mr. /F/Vix. As .thefe great Per- 
formers were as defervedly as univerfally ad- 
•mired, it is no wonder that their Lofs was fo uni- 
VetfaflJjr lamented : They left the judicious Lovers 
of the Theatre in defpatr of ever feeiiig their 
• S^n after thisr, Mr. Fleetwood bought the fPn- 
^Q^y and theatrical Stock, at an eafy Price ; jiand 
vythe A^ors lifted under his Banner on advanta- 
geous Terms to both'Parties. — For a while, ho w- 
i ^^i the Manager reaped a plenteous yearly -tisi-- 
veft-v It Wjere invidious to dwell on the Errors'^bf 
' tbil Ma^ajger i which threw th^ Stage ag^in into 



Gonft/fion, and fo reduced his own AffUifsj thiatfedi 
found it neceflary to retire to France \ where h^ 
died : At which Tiriie, to fa-tisfy a Mortgage by a 
Pedrefe in Chancery, his- Patent was fold to thie 
beft 'Bidder, and became the PropeVty of Mdffi 
GriM iSit^ JMer^^ who adn^ittdd Mr. Li^cy' as^ a 
UhindifSharfcr^ and ihvetled him with' the v^hoh 
Bowser /-^ThePurcharcrs (who were Bankers) feired 
ibon after; on which, then Mr, Lacy not only pur- 
lA^fed their Shares, but obtained a new Patent, 
the old on^B being near expiring. To a joint Share 
in this Patent he admitted Mr. Garrick\ of whofe 
iAbilhies', both as an Adlor, and as Manager, it 
were foperfluous to fay any thing in this Place: 
die Editor having fufficiently intimated his Senti- 
ments concerning this aftonifhing Genius, in the 
^ort Infcription which he has taken the Liberty 
(unknowii-to Mr. Gatrick) of prefixing to thcfe 
imperfect Sheets. 

Critical Reflexions on the Old English 
Dramatic k Writers. ExtraBed from 
a Prefatory Difcourfe to the nenvEdi-- 
tion g/' M A s s I N G E r's Works J printed 
in 1761 ; and addrejfed to t)AviD 
Gjvrrick, Efq*, 

^H£.RE Ir p<;rhap$ no Country in the 
World more fubordinatc to the Power of 
Fa&ion, than our own. Every Whim, evi^ 
Word, fivery Vice, every Virtue in its Tinrn be- 
oomes the Mode, and is followed with a certatin 
Rage of Approbation for a Time. The favourite 
Stiiean all the polite Arts, and the reigning TaQe 

c 2 vcw 

xxvtii I Isf T R O D U C T I OR 

in Letters, are as notorioUfljr CXyefts of Capf^ 
as Airf)ite<Sure and Drefs. A hew Poem, ' bi' 
Novel, o^JFarce, are as* inconfidcrately exi6lii^tf 
or decried as a RufFor zChinefi Ra9j a Hoop ^tik 
Bow Window. Hence it happens, that the'Pebi- 
lick Tafte is often vitiated : Or if, by Ghaneej it 
has made a proper Choice^ becomei pattially ^t^i 
tached to one Species of Excellence, and remwni^ 
dead to the benfc of all other Merit, howev**' 
eqjual, or fuperior. ^ 

I think I may venture to aflert, with a Gbnfiv 
dence, that on Refleftion it will appear to be truef 
that the eminent Clafs of Writers, who flourtib^ > 
at the Beginning of this Century, have afanoft cn-^^ 
tirelyfuperfedcd their illuftrious Predeceflbrs. The' 
Works oi Cofigreve^ Vanburghy Steele ^ Addifon^ 
PepCy Swift^ Gay^ &c. &c. are the chief Stu^ of 
.the Million: I fay, of the Million, for as to 
thofe few, who are not only familiar with all oinr ^ 
own Authors, but are alfo convcrfant with the' 
Antfents, they are not to be circumfcribed by the ^ 
narrow Limits of the Faihion. Sbahffeare and 
Milton feem to ftand alone, like firft*rate Authors^ 
amid the general Wreck of old Englijh Literature, 
Milton perhaps owes much of his prefent Fame to 
the generous Labours and good Taftc ofylddifon. 
Shakifpeare has been tranfmittcd down to us with 
fbcceffive Glories ; and you. Sir, have continued, 
or rather increafed, his Reputation^ You have, 
in no fulfome Strain of Compliment, been filled 
the beft Commentator on his Works : But have 
you not, like other Commentators, contratScd a 
narrow, exclufive. Veneration of your Author? 
Has not the Contemplation of Shakejpeaf^*s Ex- 
celleades almoft dazzled and extinguiAied yodr ' 
Judgment, when direded to other Obje^, artd' 
made you blind to the Merit of his Cotempora- 

lies ? 

IN T R O D U ,g T I O N. xx« 

J^^ Under your Pomiinipn^ have ^oot Beaumnt 
mid FUtchfr\t nay.cven jonfon^ {\sjStxti a kinid of 
theatrical Dijgrajce ? A^nd has not MaJ/ingerh^ttt 
piermitt^d to languUh in Qbrcuritj, aad romaiii^ 
z]0k(^ tfitir^ly^ unknown ? .. ' r < ? 

iTq^ thii^'pernaps it may bip pl^ufiWy . airfvir^e^, : 
jior i;id0e4 without fome Fpund?<tiQnp that o^qy, 
of our 0I4 PJays, though th^y al>puna with Be^u?* 
tie8> '^Lui are rdifed m^ch above the humble Level 
of later Writers, are yet, on feveral ,Accovnt>, 
urifit to be exhibited on the modern Stiige ; th|t 
th^, f airfe, in^ead of being raifed on probable Iii- 
cid^m$ in r^i^Life, is generally buik on fomc fo- 
reign NpveU and attended with romaotickjCirciif^^ 
ftances s that the Condudl of thefe extrayag^t 
Stories h frequently uncouth, and infinitely o^n- 
five to that dramatick Corrednefs prefcribed by 
late Criticks, and pra<Sttfed, 35 they pretend, by 
tb^ Ffench Writers ^ and that the Chara<fters, ex- 
hibited in our old Plays, can have no pleafing %(* 
fe(S): oiv a modern Audience, as they ate fo tOr 
tally different from the Manners of the prefcnt 

Tbefe, and'fuch as th^fe, might once hayc ap- 
peared reafonable Objeftions : But you, Sir, ofaH 
Perfons, can urge them with the l^aft Grace, fince , 
your PraSiqe has fo fully proved their Infufficiency. ; 
Your Experience muft have taught you, that when 
a Piece has 'any ftriking Beauties, they will cover 
a Multitude of Inaccuracies ; and that a Play need 
not he wr^ten on the fevered Plan, to pleafe in 
the Repr^entation, The Mind is ifoon familia(9 
rized tp Irregularities, which do not fm againft xh^ . 
Tri^th .of Nature, but are merely Violations of, . 
thaju^f id Decorum, of late fo earneftly ji^fiftdl pn| 
Wh^ p^ent Spe£hitors are. we of the Inconufen-t \ 
ties 'that coitfeffledly prevail in om darling Shah' y 

c 3 j^tar^\ 


XXX i N T R O D UC t I O N. 

fpeare ! What criticarCatpall ever proclaimed tte 
lu^ecency of introducing the Stocks in the Tra- 

' ged^ oi tear? Hovr quieth do we fee GloJIer take 
his imaginary Leap from ^^tvr'CIifF! Or to give 
a rtronger Inllattce of Patience, with what a Phi- 
Ufophical Calmnefs do the Audience dofe over 
the t^ious, and uninterefting Love-Scenes, with 
which the bungling Hand of Tate has coarfcly 
pieced and patched that rich Work of Sbakefpeare! 

—To inftance further from Skakefpeare himfelf, the 
Grave-diggeis m Hamlet (not to mention P^fowwiJ 
are not only endured, but applauded ; the very 
Nurfe in Romeo and Juliet is allowed to be Na- 
ture ; the Tranfaftions of a whole Hiftofy are, 
without Offence, begun and coi^pleated in lefs 
than three Hours ^ and we are agreeably wafted 
by the Chorus,, or oftener without fo much Cere- 
mony^ from one End of the World to another. 

It is very true, that it was the general PrafHce 
,4f. our old Writers, to found their Pieces on feme 
foreign Novel ; and it feemed to be their chief 
Aim to take the Story, as it flood, with all its 
appendant Incidents of every Complexion, and 
throw it into Scenes. This Method was, to be 
fure, father inartificial, as it at once overloaded 
and emjbarrafied the Fable^ leaving it deffitute of 
that beautiful Dramatick Connediort, which ena- 
t^les the Mind to take in all its Circumfiances with 
Facility and Delight. But I am ffiU in doubt, 

'whether many Writers, who come nearer to our 
own Times, have much mended the Matter* 
What with their Plots, and Double-Plots, and 
Counter- Plots, and Under-Plots^ the Mind is as 
much perplexed to piece out the Story, as to put 
together the disjointed Parts of our ancient Drama% 
The Comedies oiCongreve have, in my Mind, as 
little to boaft of Accuracy in their Confiru£tion, 


t,N T R O Ur C T I O N. xxni 

as^^i^EJ^ys oi Shakffpeare'y nay, perhaps, rt i^ight 
^e ,pfoved;i, that amidft the^mpft open-VioIatibn of 
^tbelcflerTCritical Unities, one Point is hiore ffeadily 
piirCttod, one Charafter more uniformly mewn,' and 
: |onQ^and purpofe of the fatU? nlpre evidently ac- 
, J ^c^mpliij^ed in the Produ<^iohs of $haiefpiarl than 
.■of Congreve. ^ / ^ 

, ,r Xhcfc fables (it may be fMrther ofejefted} founcf- 
: cd on: rqniantick Novels, are unpardonably wild 
I7 ^ai^d extravagant in their Circumftances, and eihibit 
. . too littlp even of the Manners ofthe Age in which 
3 • t^Qf were written* The Plays too are in ^hem- 
/i felves a kind of heterogeneous Compofition ; fcarce 
-r any Krf them hein^ ftriftly fpeaking. Tragedy, 
: Comedy, or even Tragi- Comedy, but rather an 
w indigefted Jumble of every Species thrown toge- 

This Charge muft be confefled to be true : But 
jipon Examination it will, perhaps, be found of 
lefeConfequence than is generally imagined. Thefe 
Dramatick Tales, for fo we may beft ftile fuch pTays, 
have often occafioned much Pleafure to the Reader 
": and Spectator, which could not pofSbly have been 
conveyed to them by any other Vehicle. Many 
an interefting Story, which, from the Diverfity of 
its Circumftances, cannot be regularfy reduced ei- 
ther to Tragedy or Comedy, yet abounds" with 
, Charafters, and contains feveral affe£llng 5itua- 
, :tion5: And why fuch a Story Cbould lofe its Force, 
dramatically related and AffiUed by Reprefentatbn, 
when it pleafes, under the colder Form of a Novel, 
is difficult to conceive. Experience has proved the 
£^e<5t of fuch Fi(9:ions on our Minds ; and con- 
vinced us, that the Theatre i> not that iJarren 
; Grp.und, wherein the Plants of Imaginatiori will 
j^]^ floMriih* TheT^mpeJly theMdfummer Ntght^s 
finam^ thi Mirchitnt a/y^^mos^ As voti'Jiie it^ 
^ ' ' "T^elJxH 

XKxii I N T R O D U C T I O N. 

Twe^ Niikt^ th€ FQtthful Sbepbttdifs of FletcAer^ 
(with a mtich longer Lift that might be added frQin 
Shaie^e4U^4f Beaumont and Fletcher^ and their Co- 
temporaries, or immediate Succefibrs) haYe mo(fc 
pf tbem« within all our Memories, been ranked 
among the moft popular Entertainments of the 
Stage. Ytt none of thefe can be denominated Tra- 

gidy, Comedy, or Tragi-Comedy. The Pla)r 
Ills, I have obferved, cautioufly ftile them Plajrs : 
And Plays indeed they are, truly fuch, if it be the 
End of Plays to delight and inftru<Et, to captivate 
at once the Ear, the Eye, and the Mind, by Situa- 
tions forcibly conceived, and Charaders truly iie« 

There is one Circumftance rn Dramatick Poetryv 
which, I think, the chaftifed Notions of our mo* 
dern Criticks do not perniit them fufSciently to 
confider. Dranoattck Nature is of a more large 
and liberal Quality, than they are willing to allow* 
It does not confift merely in the Reprefentation o# 
Real (pharaAers, Characters acknowkdged to a- 
bouild in common Life ; but may be extended alib 
to the Exhibition of imaginary Beings. To create, 
is to be a Poet indeed v to draw down Beings from^ 
another Sphere> and endue them with fuitable Paf- 
fions, AfFedions, Difpofitions, allotting them at 
the faiae Time proper Employment ; to Myfnrth^ 
by the Powers of Imagination, the Forms afThing^ 
unknown^ and to give to airy Nothing a local Habis 
tation and a Name^ furcly requires a Gemus for 
the Drama equal, if not fupertor, to the Delinea* 
tion of Perfonages in the ordinary Courfe of Na* 
ture. Shahfpeare in particular is univeFfally ac«* 
knowledged nev(!r to have foared fo iM above the 
Reach of all other Writers, as inthofe Inftancet^. 
where he feems purpofely to have tranigrefled the 
Laws of Critictfm* He appears to bavct difdaioed 


I N T R O D U C T I O N. xxwli 

to put . .hisv lite Sout into^CirsumfcriptiBk avA^Gnt' 
yf;r^iMAiiishd€ated his' extraof dinary Talents ilmr 
fulhPlay^jttor gavi^ Scdp6 to theBouncUdQiaieis ef 
bi& imagtnatioa: His Witdies^ Ghofls,} Fatrica^ 
andoiAMerimkgtnary BdngS) (battered tlirongk his 
Pla^s^KarertfoKinanpglaring.Violatiiiiis of^e qoorr 
mon flbdile i of; l>raniatick La ws^ Wliafi tk en fi^i 
we f^y ? SAal] w& xoafnefe- their Force and Power 
over th&&nil, (hail we aliow tbem to i>e Bdaulies 
of the mofli ext]«aAte Kind, and yet inflft <m their^ 
being expunged i And why ? except it be to re^* 
''duce d^e Flights of an exalted Genius, by ibdo^ 
the Standard of Excellence on the Pra^e of m^ 
ferior Writers, who wanted Parts to execute fuch 
gresM{ ]>Bi^s^} or to accommodsto dktqt Do Ithe 
nan-ovr Ideas of finall Critiicbs, who want Souls 
iSrge enciigh to compmhond th^m i « 

C^r old Writers thought no Perlbnage whateveg^ 
•unworthy a Place ki the Drama, to whick ihtf 
coidd annex what msy be calkd a Seity\ tbatisy 
ta which riieyieouid allot Mansiers dndEmpQoy* 
ment peculiar to itfelfi The fevereft of the'An^ 
•tienis caandt be more eminent for the conftdnt 
Preferiratkm of Vmfoitmtf of Ch^a^er,. than 
Shaktfpior^l ani Sha^Jk^an^ i^ no Inflance, fun- 
ports his Characters with more Exa^nefe^ than hi 
the Conduct of his ideal Beings. The Gheft in 
Hamlei is a fti^iing Proof of this Excellence^ 

But, in confe^pence of the Cuftom<of tradi^ 
the Events of a Play minutely from a Novel, the 
AtHhors were fometimes led to rcprefent a mere 
humati Creature in Ciicumftances not quite conn 
fonaat to Nature, of a DifboAtion rather wild and 
extravagant, and in both Cafes more e^ciallfre»* 
pugeant to^ modern Ideas. This indeed reqtttred 
parricular Indulgence from the SpirSato^t but ijC 
was an Indulgence, which feldom siified of being; 


amply repaid. Let the Writer but once be al- 
lowed, as' a neceffary Datum, , the PoflibUhy of 
any Charafter's being placed in fuch a Situation^ 
or poffeft of fo peculiar a Turn of Mind, the Be^ 
biviour of the Charafler is jpcrkQly nat^aU 
Shakefpeare, though the Child of Fancy, fcldaiii 
or never dreft up a common Mortal in any other 
than the modeft Drefs of Nature : But many (binin§ 
CharaQers in the Plays of Beaumont and FUtiber 
are not fb well grounded on the Principles oi th^ 
.Human tieart j and yet, as they were fupported^ 
with Spirit, they were received with Applaufe.' 
Sbyloci's Contrail, with the Penalty of the Pound 
of Fle(h, though not Shakefpeareh owa Fiflipnj 
Js perhaps rather improbable; at leaft it.would not 
b« regsirded as a. happy Dramatick Incident in a 
modem Play ; and yet, having once taken it for 
^granted, how beautifully, nay, how naturally^ is 
the Chara£br fuftained ! — Even this OljedioQ 
therefore, of a Deviation from Nature, great a^ k 
jnay feem, will be found to be a Plea infufficiemt 
to excufe the total Exclufion of our antient Dr%- 
oiatifts from the Theatre. Shakefpeartj you wUl 
readily allow, pofleft Beauties more than neccflarjfr 
to redeem his Faults; Beauties, that excite our 
Admiration, and obliterate his Elrrors* True. But 
did no Portion of that divine Spirit fall to the Sliare 
of our Old Writers ? And can their Works be 
fuppreiTcd, or concealed, without Injuftice to their 
Merit f 

But if any Arguments can induce the Critick to 
allow the Excurilons of Fancy on the Theatre, 
let him not fuppofe that he is here advifed to fub»- 
mit to the Pefverfion of Nature, or to admire thofib 
Who over-leap the modeft Bounds, which flie has 
|>reicribe4 to the Drama. I will agree with bin), 
iJiat Plays, wherein the Truth of Dram^ti^k Cha- 



rafter is Violated, can convcv neither Inftruflion 
nor Delight. Shakefpeare^ jonfon^ Beaumont and 
Fltichtty Majfinger^ See. are guilty of no fuch 
Violation, Indeed the Heroick Nonfenfe, which 
overruns the Theatrical ProduSions of Dryden^ 
HinvoM^ and the other illuftrious Prototypes of 
Bttyti in the RthearfaU muft naufeate the qioft in- 
duflgettt SpeSatof. The temporary Rage of falfe 
Tafte may perhaps betray the Injudicious into a 
fbblifli Adfniration of fuch Extravagance for a (hort 
period : But how will thefe Plays ftand the Brunt 
of criticallndignation, when the Perfonages of the 
Drama are found to rcfemble noCharadters inNa- 
tdr^, except, perhaps, the difordered Inhabitants 
6f Bediam? 

If then it muft be confefled both from Reafon 
and Experience, that we can not only endure>. 
but attend with Pleafure to Plays, which are al- 
ihdfr merely Dramatick Reprefentations of roman- 
ficfc Novels; it will furely be a further Induce- 
ASc^ to recur to the Works of our Old Writers, 
^th we find among them many Pieces written 
on^a:^^fi^ercr Plan; a Plan, more accommodated 
tbreaFLife, and approached more nearly to the 
modern Ufiigc. The Merry Wives of trindf$r of 

.i ^• 

^ # Jloboly can have a truer Veneration for the Poefical Ge« 
S^uis Qifirydcn, thaa tlie Writer of thei^ Reflexions ^ but furely 
that Genius is no where fo mufh obfcured^ notwithftanding 
iinne tranflent Gleams, as in his Plays; of which He had Him- 
(elf no great Opinion, fince the only Plea He ever urjed in 
liieir Favour, was, that the Town had received with Applaufe 
Plays «fw4/^ ^(^. Nothing* perhaps, but the abfurd Notion of 
Heroick Plays, could have carried the immediate Succtflbrs to 
the Ok! Clafs of Writers into fuch ridiculous Contrjidi^Hons to 
Vattire. That I may not appear fingular in my Opinion of 
/ti^/j^UPeamatMs Pieces, I muft beg Leave to refer the Reader 
tp^fjl}^ Rptmihr, N^ laSt where that judicious Writer has pro* 
^U90d divers IpAances from Dryden'$ Piays, fufficUnt (to ufe the 
KiM$Ur*s own Language) to awaken the mfi tor fid SUfibiiix-i^ 
':-- ' &baVe- 


Shakefpiarfj thi F^^ ifk Aichymifti ihi SitmfM^^^ 
mafff Every Man in his Humour of Jsn^Uj thl^^ 
NiW W^y to pay old Debis^ the City Maian of 
MaJJinger^ iic. &c. all urge their Claim for a Rank 
In the ordinary Courfe of ourWinter-Eveniiig En- 
tertainments, not only clear of ^yttj ObjeftJon 
made to the abovementioncd Species of Dramatick'^^ 
Compofition, but adhering more ftridfy to antietit^ 
Rules, than mod of our later Comedies. - ' 

In Point of Charader (perhaps the mroft eflfential ' 
Part of the Drama) our Old Writers, far trantcend^'^ 
the Moderns, It is furely needlefs, in fiippott 6f ' 
this Opinion to recite a long Lift off Names, whoff \ 
the Memory of every Reaider muft Aiggeft them to- 
himfelf. The Manners of many of them, it fs true,^^ 
do Dot prevail at ptefent. Wh^t thenf ? Is it dlf- 
pleafing or uninftru£live to fee the Manners of a^ 
former Age pafs in Review before us ? Or i» thc^' 
Mind undelighted at recalling the Characters of 
our Anceftors, while the Eye is cohfefledly grati- ' 
fied at the Sight of the Aflors dreft in their antique ; 
Habits ? Moreover, Fafhion and Cuftom are fa ^ 
perpetually fluctuating, that it muft be a very ac« 
curate Piece indeed, and one quite new and wkrm 
from the Anvil, that catches the Damon or Cynthia 
of this Minute. Some Plays of our lateft and 
moft fafhionable Authors are grown aS obfolete in 
this Particular, as thofe of the firft Writers ; and 
it may with Safety be affirmed, that BobadiU is not ' 
more remote from modern Character, than the 
ever admired and every- whcre-to-bc-met- with Lord 
Foppington. It may, alfo, be further confidered, 
that moft of the beft Characters in our old Plajrs 
arc not merely fugitive and temporary. Tbejr 
iare not the fudden Growth of Ycftitrday or To-' 
day, fure of fading or withering To-ftiorroW ^ ^ut' 
they were the Delight of paft Ages, ftill continue 
a ' the 


cotUtii^e 4he> AdmiFation of the prefent, and (to ufe 
the I/anguage of true Poetry) 

*■ '■ ' ■"» T o Ages )et unborn appeal, 

Aiid lateil Times tik'BTCR^Ai. Nat vhe feel, 

T-tf AcTo»» . 

There is ODC CirGwm/lance peculiar to the Dra- 
m%f,iiQk Tales, and to. many of the more regular 
Comedies of our old Waiters,, of which it is too 
litde to fay, that it deraands no Apology. It de- 
fcrvf a th^'.h^heft Commendation, fince it hath been 
thjK Me«ns of introducing the mo(^ capital Beauties 
inK» tiieir Con^pofuioos, while the fame Species of 
Esf^^^pi^nce could not poflibly enter into thofe of a 
lafpr Period. I mean the Poetical Stile of their 
Dial<^ue. Moft Nations, except our own, have 
imgj^ned mere Profe, which, with Moliere's, Bvur- 
gtois Gentilhommey the meaneft of us have talked 
from our Cradle, too little elevated for the Lan- 
giiage of the Theatre. Our Neighbour?, the 
French^ at this Day write moft of their Plays, Co- 
mmies as well as Tragedie?, in Rhime ; a Gothick 
Pradic?, which our own Stage once admitted, but 
long ago wifely rejefted. The Gracian lambick 
.was more happily conceived in the true Spirit of 
that elegant and magnificent Simplicity, which 
characterized the Tafte of that Nation. Such a 
Meafure was well accommodated to the Exprefiions 
of the Mind, and though it refined indeed on Na- 
ture, it did not contradict it. In this, as well as 
iq all other Matters of Literature, the^ Ufage of 
Greect was religloufly ohferved at Rome, PlautuSj 
in his richeft Vein of Humour, is numerous and 
poeticaL The Comedies of Terence^ though we 
cannot agree to read them after Biftiop Hare^ were 
evidently not written without Regard to Meafure ; 
which is the invincible Reafon, why all Attempts 
to render them into downright Profe have always 

d ^\ON^t«> 

uxarxviii^'KNT R O? DUG T I O^ N. 

^ pfdyedi «od ever itiuft prove, qnfiieceftfttJi rHie 

■ M'AgJi/h H^roitk Meafure^ or, a5"it is (fomtTKMiIy 

i< called, Blank Vcrfej i€ pet haps of a mme hsippy 
'XJinftruiS^ion •e\'emhan the Grarcian lambick; de- 

> vated eqlially, but approaching rvearer 'tc^ ih« Ldn- 

i >gllage 0f Nature, arid aj weH adapiteci> totth^lix- 
pi^difion ofrComick Huinour) as to the i?tfl//^<!?of 

^■Trajedy. ^ • -^ - ;> :r '^ ''i 

'The mere modprn Gritick, whofe Idea of Kwik 
Verfe^ is perhaps attached to that etnpty StviJi: of 

" Phrafeoiogy, io frequent in our late Tragedies^, itiay 
confider thefe Notions as the Eflefl; of Bigotfy >to 
-our oW Authors, rather than the Reftj It of impar- 
tial Criticifm. Let fuch an one carefully read over 
the Works of thofe Writers, for whom I «m an 
Advocate. There he will feldom or ever find 
that Tumour of Blank Verfe, to whieh He has 
been fo much accuftomed. He will be furprifed 

. with a familiar Dignity, which, though it fifes 
fomewhat above ordinary Converfation, is wber 
nn Improvement than Perverfion of it. He will 
fdon be convinced, that Blank Verffc is by ,no 
Means appropriated folely to the Buikin, but that 

. the Hand of a Mafter may mould it to whatever 
Purpofes he plcafes ; and that in Corhedy, it wiH 
-not only admit Humour, but heighten and em- 

. belljlh it. Inftanccs ihtght be produced without 

^ -Number. It muft however be lamented, thatfthe 
Modern Tragick Stile, free, indeed fronv^hts r^ad 
Flights of Dryden^ and his Cotemporaries,^ yet de- 
parts equally from Nature* I am apt to think it 

• is in great Meafure owing to the almoft total Ex- 

iclufion of Blank Verfe from all modern Compo- 

fitiorts, Tragedy excepted. The common Ufc^ of 

I ^n elevated Di6^ion in Comedy, where the Wiiter 

;^wia« tften, of Neceflity, put upon^. cxpreffing ^he 
liioft«)jrdmary Matters, and where the i>ubje6t de- 

» 1 1 

X FNl TT R)Q^ Di HO) T! LOiN* xxxix 

f«rffthe Mindy was pciliaps one of the chief Caufes 

< jqf that iw/^ Vigmr, ib con ff^cuotisviatbe Stile >of 

> tiie x>lil Tragedies. Habituated to . Poetical iDla- 

nlo^uei in^ thofe Coffipofitioosi^ wberein Tbe)^ ;iirere 

'^cbtiged toiadhere mc!>s€ %x\St\f to the <Sii&p^<;il^jof 

i^th^AL^kigut^e of Natucev Jdie Piiets ka|?nt^ in.tb^fe 

of ia more raifed bpeclcs, not to depart f^-om it too 

>^^«H^htonl5P. They v^ere well aoq4tainted alfa with 

^ >tbe Fbifce as well as £legaiK:e of their Mother- 

Tongtde^ and dx^it> to ufe ftt^h W^rds, as noay be 

called Natives of the Language, rather than ^to 

H^rmdnizit thtix Verfes, and aganizi the Audteoce 

i^wifh Xflf/iHTeraii nations. Whether tlM refined 

' S^ bfJM/Gn's Ca4o^ and the flbwing Verfifica- 

AloA^i R^tus' intik occafioned this Departure from 

«4nti^ht Simplicity it is difficult to determine : but 

' it IS' toa true, that Smtherne was the laft ^of our 

'Dramatjck Writers, who was, in any Degsee, 

; ifiidleft of that naagn^ficent Plainae&i which. ia the 

^ geifilhie Brefs of Nature ; thougjil indeed the Plays 

*^' even of Rowe are more fimple in their Stile^ rfian 

thdfc 'which have been produced by bis Succe&rs. 

It mtrft tiot however be diflEembkd in thisi Place, 

vthat the Stile of our Old Writers is tiot without 

Faults ; that They were apt to give too touch into 

' Conceits; that They often purfued an alltgorkal 

Train of Thought" too far ^ and were fometiflfies 

" betrayed into forced, unnatural^ quaint, orgigan- 

titk E^preffidnSi In thfc Works of 6 hahjpiare 

himfelf every V one of thefe Errors may be found; 

yet it may be fafcly aflerted, that no o^er 

Author, indent or niodern^ has expref&d him- 

^fdf' oh l^eh « Variety of Subjcds with more 

^ ;Efit^;^^^hd in a Vein more truly pocti^^ unkfs, . 

-'i^erhsipsv we fliouW ex<iept jf&;7i/r ; vj©| wimrh,. 

•^ by ^ the bye,' ib« decpeft< Cri^lck, |«oftucsoiiiiitc^ant 

- '* .:\ d 2 with 

.[^1 :J N T1R3D DlU(C5TII N. 

> .., I pwauld nbt b^ undcrftaodj by vWhatllhaVcllttrc 
^ j^dvQf Poetical Dialogue^ to Dbjo<a>to /ifhcvUfe of 

;.|yc^i 16r\t« infill ctate that edrniodcBk)!^ 

. j^ff^jth/e^t^^fi^ ibt Wmg written ia'iihafi:<Stye^eqli is 

, i cfk^f^ forioiey^abavt viddicatediibe We (of^adnore 

j(L|i^|e^Jb(IaaiHer among oocGHd Writer qiiant 

^pll aware that moft Parts of Faifiaffi FovAiBhie- 

diiQiii: M^Mio^Scc* are wmten in Profe 5 fnoc indeed 

iy^]d Lp<pun£:l a modern Writer to attempt' the 

,Uif4jf Poetical Dialogue in a mere Comed)r>l i A 

/ Draix)>tick Tal^» indeed, chequered, likeihifKit- 

jf >r/e^^ wi^h vactous^ IncideiUSy ludidroi)i& and^affs^ibg, 

.; . iC ^ifiUea by a riiafterly Hand, and fomcwhat mor-e . 

, ie^rercly than tbofe abovementiooGdy woutd^: I 

» Aiubt flotv ftill be received Ivith Candlouf jaadT^P^ 
;,, plaufe^ The PubHck would be agreeably fuqwCed 
J vv^i^h the Rievl;^^ of Poetry on !the Theatre^ vand the 
^^ Oppoftuoity of employ aig all the beft Petforrodrs^ 
.s Sesi^us as well % comick, in one Pieoe, .^would 

jci^def it flill in6re l^cely to make a favour aWe lioi* 

- .jprefison on the Audience. There is a Gentleman, 

tiGt unef]t»al tofuch a Tafk, who^was once tended 

,10 begin A Piece of this Sort ;- but, liear,: b&lias 
^ ^t«)M^ iXii^h Love of Kafe and Indolente, and toa 
^^iHllta -Artibiliofl of literar)^ Fame, «vtr to com* 

,i B(^t to conclude: v, \ ;r. 

: ; fj^vc^'l* Sir, bceit waflttig all thii Ink. iaird Time 

>, : j^ sV^n;? Or w^ it be:^ hoped that yottwiril extend 

{bmt of that Care to the reft of our Old Authors, 

-iBrhkh you have fo long bcftovj^ed on ShakeJ^edre^ 

,,^^di VyhicJi:yo» hay.c fo; often laviftu^'onu'many a 

^£awwiiBi\Vrtter, than the moft inferior^of th^iifeliferc 

* ^tJ^nHAfiendied to You? R ii certainly y^uttntlieft 

to give Vauety to the rublick HdH^imA S^-ch- 

i verfify 

- V /- 

A ^ rrOSLD D U C T T O R ^li 

-ureDfify tteii^bur of ourDhutiatkk EhiceYUin^^fits. 
Encourage new Attempts ; but da Juftic^ 't6' the 
jiOld i: Tne Tlieaires is a wide Field; Lcf licit one 
: )Of 1 iivofiW^lkr of -it a&^ne; be beaten, 'buti lay* open 
r^ j|teflV%oteti»tle fiKcmfioniof Gehiti9s!^ Th]i», 'ptr- 
PL kbps,okit^ht ikindfe a ^Spirit of OrrgmcvKty^ If) t)uc 
3i(ira)ilein ^^Writbrfr ^ for « the/ Stagr \ . tiji^ba^ mi^ ^ be 
n^uJbpted to itmuVmote Novelty iw t)icir<>dmpo- 
-o^flojisjwbtn the Liberality 1 of the Pdpiikr T^fte 
i'Ofbndereditle& hazardous; That th« Narrbwhefs 

icfrdiBatrical Crtttci(m might be enlarged I haTe no 
/\ Doulft; V Hefle£tv for a Moment, on the tlmcomihon 

ri&lcdeikiof Rmuo and Juliet, zv^ Eifery^Man f^his 
f-^Muirisurl zndithentell roCy whether tbcre^ aH^' tiot 
f:(jnaiijrlorher Pieces of as ancient©ate^ whldh^ with 

1 the like proper Curtailoients and Alterations, v^6u\d 
-[^cchice the' fame £ife£l ? Has an induflriotfs Hand 
Ljfceen at the Pains to fcratch up the DonghiH of 
jiDirydm^^Amphitryan for the few Pearls t Hat are 
^ nboried in ft, and' fhall the li^ Treafure^ of Be^u^ 
hl'jmttt ztd Fletcier^ Jm/mi, znd Jkt/^ffing^j^ \\t ^as 
-rrii wtfe) ia the Ore, uiitouched and difregatxted ? 

\Bst((mn your Lift of Plays ! In the Name of Sfcrr- 

ji^gti Taylor^ zx)ABdUrton^ I conjure you^ Id-it! 

^^iLcf. the veteran Criticks once more have the Sift if- 

V faiSbion . of feeing tbt^oidls Tragedy ^ Phiiqfiih^^ ♦ 

M]King>>aHd no King^ &c. on the Stage l«^KI^(H)re 

Fletcher's EJder Brother to the Rank unjufMy aftrj>ed 

by Cibber's Love makes a Man ! and'fintb y-d^ have 

> wifely deAftcdfrodi giving an annual Affront to the 

' City bya<Shng thi London Cuckolds on Lord*' Mayer'a 

J 1 ^t^i^atj , .hj G«i^. C^/kmvy ^^>ti. , J* tbii; i^ia^ /it iWM^Mhtti 
^^^l^lSliAg^EiTiicft of what itey' wtic to cxotd friia ffi Seat.nk- 


&dy) whf \r^ you ibat ptxfihtmi CsmptiiAntt 
by exhibiting tbi Citj Madam of MaJJinger on the 
/ame Occafion? 

if afiet ail. Sir, theie Remoiffirttndea > fliotild 
l^rc»m^wit;ho(Ut £ffe(9:» and thc^ Merit of.theffB^^.great 
. JkUibon fliduld plead N^tb you mn^ti^ \ iWiU^>here 
fairly turn my Back upon you, and addii^f^ f^felf 
to the Lovers of Dramaticlc Compotitions in ge^ 
jfierml. . ThtYily^m Aire, wiJl pori^e thoCe Works 
with Pleafure in the Clofet, though they lofe the 
Satisfafiion of feeing them reprefented on the Stage : 
Nay^ (hould They, together with You, concur in 
determining that fuch Pieces are unfit to b^ a6|ed, 
Yoti, a^ well as They, will, I am confidenty agree, 
that fuch Pieces are, at leaft, very worthy to, be 
xead^ There are many modern Compoikions, feen 
with Delight on the Theatre, which iicken on the 
Tafte in the Perufal; and the honeft Country 
Gendeman, who has not been preCent at the Re- 
prefentation, wonders with what \m Lofidw Friends 
hayP been fo highly entertained, and is as much 
perplexed at the Tcvun^manner of Writing as Mr. 
Smfib mtbe RehearfaL The Excellencies of o«r 
Old Writers are, on the conprary, not confined to 
Time and Place, but always hear about them the 
EvideAces of true Genius, 

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iJff^ !0 

f'A^mTi0^Ah new pLi^YS andBA%c%^^\Jince 
urikei I'Ap^tvBix to thh Vdlumti ani^ihe 
- ^^^Sti^ptEMtKT to ihff Volume of Liv^^i^ i^4 
"^ ^^<Mmoi^s^ v^efe printed of . '". ' ' ^'- ^ 

€J6fitihued tlown to the Mouth of O^^her 1764. 

By Mr. Foote. Imputation of Hunger, an4 the 

HE Mayor o^Garrat, 'horrid Charge oT drinking Small 

_ aCiomedy, of three Aft?, Beer-, and Lodging In a Garret. 

fttformed ftt the Theatre in the The Patroji, a,CQflje% of 

Haymarket, 1 763. three A£ls, performed at! the 

In this very humorous and en- *rheatre in the Hayrriarlkee, in the 
tntaiaiiig I^ece, the Chara6fer &f Sommcr 17^45 and then pub- 
,M3i}or Stvrgtorr, a City- Militia Hflied : the Hint hon-t)wed from 
Officer, is entirely newy highly one of Marmotiters Tales, 
wrought up, and was m oft ini- The Charafter 6f the Patron 
»itaWy performed by Air. Fm/^, is that of a fuperfitsal 'Pretender 
>mik/ prodigious Applais fe. . to Wit and Learning j y^ho . be- 
, The L Y A |t, a Comedy, in ing a Man of Faffiion and jor- 
tbree Aifts. Performed at the tune, affords his Coutttenaiiee and 
Theaftre in the Hay Market; and Protcftion to a Sn of contefnp- 
publiAcd in the Summer pf the tible Witlings, for the Sake of 
Year 1764. The Vice of Lying - the Incenfe offered by them to 
is attacked >Afith great Humour in his Vanfty, The Chara6Vcr of a 
this Piece. Some former Pieces mere Anti<}tMiHan, a farpntd Ob- 
of this witty Writers having been jeft of Ridicule with Mr. Faott, 
cenfiired by the Reviewers, on is heie introduced with ^eat 
account of a. fupppfed Tendency Pleafantry, Mr. I?«^ having fallen 
to Prophaneaefs, ' which thofe in Love with a fine young Lady, 
Critics thought they perceived becaufe he thought the Tip of her 
in them, Mr. Foote in return Ear refcmbled that of the Pri»- 
for their Animadverfions, has cefs Poppcea. Sir Peter Pepper^ 
hereMafhed the Reviewers with pot, a xkh fyeji-lndta Merchant, 
the utmoft Severity of which his comes in likewife, with his Ac- 
Refentment was capable: which, count of Barbecues at^d Turtle- 
it muft be confeiTed, is not fo Feafts: and a miferable Poet, 
cutting as he might intend, as with a low Af(?oi>;^r/irs Bookfellcr, 
he ooly attacked them with the ferve to compleat the Entertain - 
•Id, hack*d, and blunted Wea- ment. This Piece met with 
pon, which has long ago ceafed greater Succcfs than ittcLjar^ 
to da any Execution ; v;a. tltc 

Additional Play$y,iic, ^7^4* 

By Mr. Bfi^itiPHt. formance. The ChJMMilcr&pf^ir 

, 1. IfaPm^tSiim^hktMkim^ B^fltttter and )m9 Lady, arc, 

t' Comedy in thfee A^> at the fapported with Wit and Spin^ 

Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, ritj which, notv'ithibuiding the 

J764. ^' ,... Length and Languor of (onOie :o| 

-A<lUllU|II' thlsTlay contains a the Scenes, effcSually fccured u^ 

great <deal of fpirited Dialogue, this Play, the Approbft^on of^. 

T^TOpcrly tbarJ^Urifed', and well the gaytfr Part of the Audicscef ^, 

itlp|prti;d, -m the Charjft«r -of 4. The Dufk, a Comedy, oici 

C^rele^. '^h/^aa the Author in- (nt A£l6, at the Theatre iCoy^ « 

tends /or the Perfoa n4io is m in Ifrury Lane, iySj. - ci 

mi<*«4/iq»^ Am/ ^/i o««0y being that Our Fair Dramati/l was- Ici^ 

o£ a v^-prthfcfs WieiKh, wkheut fortunate iti the Produ^ion of .4 

Honour or Probity, the Piece was this, than in her foi roer Comedy«> , . 

therefore totally difliked by the The Dupe was damned> on ac* 1 

Public. count of a few PaJfTagcs whkh 

1. fVhai vftwafi aii cme t9, a the Audience thought too indeli-, ; 

Comedy, iA two Adi, at the cate. Whether they were ndt in . . 

Theatre Jlpyal in C^vent Garden , thisrefotG:, thmfehes rather. ra«;, 

17^4' delicate, is a Point which moft 

This was introduced as a tail- not be here argued : certain it , 

piece to the foregoing Comedy, js, however, that the rigid Scn^ , 

and aded at the iame Time; tence pafTed on this unfortunate, 

, but ihared in the Condemha- Play, redounds greatly to the lio- ; 

tion: altiiough it was gene- nour of ovr modern Audiences, ; 

rally thought to ha?e bid Merit who, whether miftaksn or not \ 

enough to entitle it ta abetter in their Judgments, have hereia. ,, 

Fate: but this xomet of keep- (hewn, that they will tolerate, ^. 

ing bad Compaay ! The Vice ef nothing which has but fhe Jeaft .^ 

Gaining is admirably ridknled in Appearance of being ofiieiifiTe to 

it i and the Chara^ler • of Drag- the Laws of Decorom, 
^get, the over-grown rich Chizen, 

^ (who, with an Hundred Tbouiand ^ . -- . 
Pounds in his Pockety retires to 

his Country 'boufe, dofe by the «r 

Side o! a dufty Ro;4d, within four ^Y GKoac* CoLLMAit, Efq; 

or five Miiea oiZ^wdw) is vciy ' »• Tht Dtace it in him, a Farce 

well drawn. of two Afts, at the Theatre Royal J 

in Dnrry L^ae, 1763 ; with ^ood \t^ 

-_ ' ^ !' . .. : ■■ Succefs. \. 

;' • ■ ' \ : ■ ' The Plan on which this dcH- /; 

cate Satire on- Platonick Love ts' 
3y Mrs. 5HEttii>AN. f^mied, has been approved hfj' ^, 

I. irhe piscov»aY> a Co^ thofe who ate the ftri^fft Advo- 
medy of five A^s, at the Theatre nates for Morality in DraTiatic '"' 
Royal in Dr^ty luinty I76j« Sxhibkiona* The Piece though ,^ 

Thi&Wgma^Cpi999iip09wiaa^ veryCeriooa »n the main, is et-^^^^ 
received -with uncommon -, A^" H'entdjf l^gfaaUe in^nttny Psfrb.* ' 
plaufei It is a very moral, fen- TheDiCeafe, as an ingenious Critic 
tim^ai^ yet entertaining Per- lias obfervedj is expofed but net 


■ A 

tiHIcW; Jtti Author a^s Uk^, ac^ttwl tlrtoifet^cs mirc^ to tljft 
al^fettlti-Phyil^j^rt, without ixJaJcr i S^fiiftiwi of tk<6 Ptobljc. *. 
ingfl Ki^lay oTT his great 5kflt^ • .v. > v >:• • '; ^ ' V^ 
by^VWtbhly addihg CqrrofiveiSf -■ ' ^ ''' 
tlktt he taight have the Credit of >. :■_,-' ^- ' ^ ^ '^; •',' ^ 
coring ' ^hc Diftemper in itilaft-. \, «. ,, ' ' ^ 
Sll%evVTi^ltbut tdo.cpwxnon. , PyMr. MA*x.JtT.x. 
witft^BtAe >>r 6ur Wft j?0^/^ JEitViftA, a iVagM^, df fi^> 
D^atniii^it Writers', und th© a^ Aj^,ri^ the Thealit Rojra ift^ 
▼<fe«^ it Vve Affliffw |hc Cl»« -Dr/rry Lat^ 1763.^ ' ' \ ^ 
ra^ he foitrfHy hears. Tlost* b(fcia# Joolced ti^il hy 
'«-.' PbUttpery, , a Tra|cdy, by nw^y at' * . nimfteiial Play, an^; 
B^^AtnicD) N T ajid FtiTC]fXs> the rather as it was brought oa^ 
wrdr ^hei'atlbns^ at the Theatre at the cackal Time whdi ottr 
VtJOii^xti DrurifLane^ 1763. Political Pack were in fiiU Cry« ' 
The Revival of this Piece was htiflttng dvwii the Setftch Peace^.^ 
greatly ijmrovcd by thePpblicj as.^;they caUfd' it, Mu Jklktlet^t^. 
as Mr. Couman*s Alterations were Perfonnanee wis behdd Jn a very, 
exhvm^ly' judicious. This Play unpopular light. The pacific Sen- ^ 
hal'bSen generally conHderM as timents^ tho*<ta theinlehfts uii- 
one cjf the heft produced by the exceptionabie, iuch as the Idea 
Twin- Writers above-named j but of a Monarch who places hij " 
on account of the Indecencies in chief Glory, not in that Military 
fome Parts of it, hath be^n deem- Spirit which opei^tes to the De- 
ed unfit to appear before a modern ftm^tioti of Mankind, but in cul- 
Audlelnce. ^Thefe Blemifhes and tivatiag the Arts, which floUrifli \ 
fone' other Improprieties being only in peaceful Times.'— Thcfe 
reniovpd, the Tragedy thus iiew were fufficient, at fueh a Tunc- ^ 
moa^ed^ was brought on, with ture, to ftamp the Pky with the 
this additional Advantage, that Character of a political Piece. 
Mr. Powell firft appeared on the This, together with the Author*! 
Stage in the Reprefentation there- ^ being a North Briton by Birth» 
off t a tha Ohaf after 6f Vhilafier, proved very unfavourable Circum- 
Mrs. Tatet alfo difplayed new ftaaces, altho* it is certain, that^ 
Graces qn this Occafioa, and the as a Poem, Productions fv |n« 
£di$6r*s tPrologne has been both £Brior to it, hate been hi^lyap** 
greatly admired and critictied.^- plauded. — It is confefl^dly aa 
Of , the former Revivals of this Imitation of Mr. De la Monit 
flay, we have already given aa Tragedy, fouaded oa the isnie " 
AccQUAt, ia its proper Place, melaacholy Eveat> vne. a Perfw- 
whgw itcoa^ ia as an Original. ny^U Story, takea irom tibat «x- 
3,. A Ttdry Talti in two AAs, cellent Poem, the Lufiad of Cf- , 
at the Theatsc Royal ia Drtay mteas. The Prologne vnj wHt- 
X«w» 1764. tea by Mr. Garrick, and is, h'l^e 
l^tradied horn SbaAtf^unU <he reft of his Piecd of this kiac^' 
MdfymiterU Ifigbi Dresm, .It a veiy hilttotolii and Vifitty Pfsi^r 
watpei£[^r9UdhyCyidl!is, wbo UKuaMt^ ;^ 

Additional Ploys ^ &c. 1764. 

«.i - iy condemned, for the barliarous 

Murder of poor Signiof Met^* 

By Anonymous Hands. ft^fio, 

. 1. Love at Jirft Sigbt, a Farce 3* Midas i an £i^/j/( Burletta, 

of two Afts, at the Theatre *^ ^^e Theatre Royal in Govern^ 

Koyzi ia Drvry Z^tte, 176^, Garden, 1764. 

An infipid Ballad-Farce. It The Burlefqae, in this humo« 
met with a very moderate Re- ''^s Performance turning chiefly 
ception j but its Siiccefs was e- ®° ^^^ Heathen Deities, ridicu- 
^ual to its Merit. lows enough in ihemfelves, and 
%,ThtRoyai Shepherd, znEng- ^00 abford for burlefque, the 
up Opera, at the Theatre Royal ^*« of which is to turn great 
iti Drury Lane, 1764, Things to Faree, — this Mock- 
Taken from MetafiajM, The Opera was therefore not altogc- 
Story, that of JVexander the ^^cr fo luccefsful, 'as. In many 
Great, delivering Sidon from the Rcfpefts it defervod to be. 
Tyrant Strato, It was dcfcrved' 





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rVP ▼▼▼!«▼ TWV TV •"•' ♦■ '#'#■•'*' TVTV' 

A B A B 

lA^#&1I^VfBDELAZAR or^ the taftrophe on the whole too^liloodf* 

» f ^ Aftf^r's Rivenge. Tr. yet with a little Alteration might 

^^^ A *^ by Mrt.« Afira, or be rendered very fit for the prefent 

!^ r. w Jfra JM** — * This Stage. 

^\4ltyiie^ Play L rio more than Abd i cated PaiNcz, oe» 

in Alteration of Marloe'i Las- the Athetauns of four Teert, — 

c I y X o u 8 Q^ s s N, of which Trag. Com. «— Anonym. •— a6Ve4 

fee more in it's Place. From at AUfa^^Rigalis, byfeveralPeribns 

it however, t>r. TeuBg ieems, of great (^ality.-— This Piece m 

tho* without horrowing either an entirely pdlittcal> and feems not 

Incident or a Sentiment, to have to have been intended for the . 

lalcen the Hint of his admirable Stage :— «>it contains voder feigned 

^Tragedy of t h x R b v s n c x ; the Names theTxania£lions of the £»• 

Death of a Father, and Lofs of a ,^ii/h Court and NatioA during tlae 

Crown, being the prime Motives Reign oi James II. with the Ab- 

of Refeotm^nt equally in Abder dicattoi\ of that Prince; but writ* 

iaxar Ukd Zsn^m A fimilar Re- ten with great Partiality ;— the 

lu£tance appears in both 4it D. , of Jjfev«fw^£i being made the 

the defcending to A^s of Villain^ Hero, and perimal Abufe pro- 

for the Gratification of it, and deeding to fo extravagant a Length 
^oth alike declare the Sum of in it, as to charge the K. with 

their Crimes as the Xc^pletion the Death of his Brother C^/ir/rs 

of their Revenge. *-This - Play .II.*^It is publiihed in 410, x6ao« 
was firi^ performed at his R. H. This Play needs no Key, A&a» 
the D. of TcrA^s Theatre, and was Regah's evidently bexqg meant for 
printed ill 4to, 1671. — The Plot the £flfiSr)fi& Court, and the very 
is intri^^te, much ioterUf ded with Names of the PerJhnages (b dofe- 
iilvulCtfCi»iQ^Ac«i«Ui4 tbe Ca* iy pointed t»teal KiftQcy> u ^ W 



obvi«us to any one ever To dightlv lation of the Difcof cry of Achillet 

acquainted with the public Tranf- by U!ff:s, — The Scene lies in 

a^ons. of that Period. * the Court of Z,;^r0OTeJ!rx. ^chilUt 

Ab E L. An Oratorio, performed \% ta Wosnan^k Cloaths thro^ tiie 

at Cn;. Card, X755. wholh Pby, and it concludes by 

Abb AH AM *s Sacbifice. hit Marriage with Z)e/^0r/tf. It 

•—This May, neither Langtainf, was not afted till the Year 1733, 

Jdco^f or Giid9H pretend to have which was two Years after Gay*t 

feen, to know the Author of, or Death. 

ta aflign a Date to ; but all of A c i s and Galatea. A 

themfuppofextaTranflatioafrom Mafque, by Mr. Motteux, from 

^litodpfie Bexa» Ovias Metam. Book xiii. fct 

Avba-MviTb,. or, Ltve mttd to Mufic hy John Bcelesy and per- 

Eti^re, — Trag. by Dr. Jojcfb formed at the Tb, Roy. in Dr. 

Trafp, A€ted at the new Th6a- Lane by his Majefty^s Servants, 

tre in Lift€oh''i'im'FieUsf 8vo. 8vo. 1723. The Scene laid in 

1704.— -The Scene lies in Com- Sicily. 

Jlantinople, and the Plot of it may Aci s and Galatea. An 

be more fully feen in a Book cal- Engliih Paftoral Opera, in three 

led ./f^tf-iliW/oorthetrueHiftory A£ts. It is in -Recitative and 

of the Dethronement of Mahomet Air, the Story taken from the 

IV. by M. he Noble \ tranHa- 13th Book of OviVTi Af^/tfm. the 

ted by S. P. The Language of Mufic compos*d by Handel, and 

this Play is in many Places either was performed at the Hay-marker, 

^rofaic or bombaft, yet the Inci- 1731. 

4ent8 are in thenafelviss foaffeA- Act ArOxroao. Com. by 

ing, ani- the Plot fo interefting, Thomas Baker, — The Scene of 

chat .it has generally met with this Play ifes in the Univerfify ; 

Applaufe in the Performance. it was never a£ted, but was pub- 

AccoLAtTus.Com. by 7a6i> iiih*d in4Jto. 1704. 
Tal^ave, Chaphun to i^rry Action and Diana. An 

VIll. — This May 18 no more Interlude, by Mr. Jto^^rf C»x, with 

than a Tranflation for the Ufe of a Paftoral Story of the Nymph 

Childreny of a Latin Play of the Oenone, followed by the feveral 

fame Name written by Cuik, conceited Humours of Bumpkin 

FuUoniut, on the Story of the Pro- the Huntfman, Hobinal tht Shep- 

«Bgal Son* — It is printed in the herd, Ringing Simkiit, and John 

4>ld Black Letter, 4to, 1640, and ^w^i^Arr the Seaman, 1696. The 

dedicated to the King.— This was Story is taken f torn Ovid* s Mc 

•the third dramatic Pi^ce ever tamorpbojit. 
f ubliihed in f fff^fW. Adelphx, or the Brothers, 

Ac COM* t IS H*o Fools. Vid. Com.— Tranflated Yrom Terdnce, 

TcNDEB llvsiAnn. hy Ricbard BerMtd, ^to. 1598. 

AcHiLLiSy or Iptigenie in A d e l r h i. The fame Play, 

:/1uhs, Tr, h'^ Abel Bwer, — ^This tranflated by Lawrence Echard, 

iinomoretbanaTranuatienlrom 8vo. x694. "Neither of thefe 

the Jpbigtnis of Rscine, 8vo* were ever intended fqr, nor are 

fjoz, they by any Means adapted tOj 

AcjiiLLXi. An Opera, by the Et^Ufi Stage. 
John Gajf, Svo. — This Piece, Ad m s ^ v s King of Tbeffa»y, 

which is in the Manner Of the •— An Itat. Op. 8to. X717, per- 

Beigv'tOperaiisaiudiciousRc* form'd, at the 7b» Rep in the 


^Tfmarket.MQfKihyNanJe/.^tnt laft mentiMied Author; and of' 

iiv Lan'/fa, the chief City of which y:e have exaftly the (ame 

Theffafy, Kind of Knowledge.— It is pro- ' 

Ad R AST A, or the WmuLtCx bable that neither of them weijc 

Spieeii and Lovers Conquefl ; Trag. evera£led or even printed, but in 

Com. by John yorier, ntvti a^ed, aU probability they were written 

but printed in 4to. 1655. Part of at fom\s time between 1530 and 

it is taken from Boecace, Day, 8* 1540. 
Novel* 8. Agamemnon. TfSig. by y^m^ 

Adventures xnMadrio ; Tbomfon, Authorof the SeaTons, 

Com, a^ed at the ^*i The. in 8vo. 1734. 
the Htymarket ; nb Date. — Au- Agamemnon. Trag. tranfla - 

tbor «nknown«^ ted from Seneca by yobn Stude//, 

Adventures or a Ckown, . in Queen Eii^cabetbS Reign. — 

^m/. Bloody Duke. He has, however, added a whole 

Adventures of five Scene in the fifth A61. 
Hours. Tr. Com. by Sir Sa- A g i s. Trag. by John Hume, 

muel Tuke^Bdrt, 4X0.1663. Dntmes performed at the Tb. Roy, in Dr. 

in his Rtfcius 'Ai^Ucan. fays it Ldney 1758 j 8vo. — This Play 

was written l^ tiuit Gienttenaan isfounded on aStoryinthe Spar-' 

and the E, of- BrrJIo!. Itis'tranf- tan Hiftory; whether the Au- 

latcd from « Spanijb Play, was thor is only warmM by the Spirit 

aded with great Applaufe, and of a particolar Pwi^i or that he 

has fevcral cSopics of Verie* pre- chofrin this Piec^ to give Vent 

fixed to it by Mr. Cowley, and o- to his Refentments againft his 

ther eminenT Poets of that Countrymen for the Rigour where - 

Tjusyt, ^^ fth they had pcrfecuted him on 

Adventures OF rouR Account of bis former Tragedy of 
Yka'ss. Vid, Abdicated Douglas, it is difficult to deter- 
pBiircB. mine, but it is at leaft apparent. 

Ad vs N T u R s s or half a n that throughout the whole of the 

Hifv k . ^-^ F. hy CbFtflo^Hr Bui' Piece, he has kept up a figurati^ e 

/mI, I2m6« 1777. Retrofp.e£t to the Condu£l of the 

Adt s K T V K X « OF John Scots, in Regard to K. CbarUi I. 

Shxphabd. VieL Pr isok and, that in the Chara£ler of his 

Br X A r £ B • jigh, he has never loft Sight of tfa e 

Adventures of Rod. Ran- Idea' of that unfortunate Prince. 

DOM. Vid, Charles XII. It was performed with tolerable 

• The Affected Ladies, Su'ccefs, being ftrongly fupported. 
Ctn^hy y^hnOxell, — This Play not only by a Party Zeal in the 
is only a literal Tranflatioh of the Author^s Favour, but alfo by the 
Precieufes tiditules of Moliere. additional Advanttges of very fine 

♦ Ac A 119 sT MoMUs's AND Afting, and^two pompous andfp- 
ZoXLU8*s. — A dramatic Piece, lem muHcal Proceflions. With- ' 
by Jtbn Bale, Bidiop of Offhry, out thefe AiUftances, however, it 
the firft Englijb dramatic Writer, is^fomewhat doubtful whether it 
-^Of this Piece we have no Re- might have met with the fame 
mains but the bare mention of it Succefs. 

by himfelf in his Account of the Ag&aura. Trag. Com. by 

Writers of Britgin^ Sir John Suckling, a^ed at the 

Against those who private Houfe in Black Fry art^^xA 

ADULTERATE THE WojiDor firft printed infB\. i6^v—'^^^ 

C»p^ A drdJDMdc Piece by the Am^or ha« Co eo&Xnve4i2kk\AYVvi* 


by Means of an Alteration Ja.tbe Dnim, that' he hit not thtoughv 

Jaft Ad, that it may be a^ed ei- out introduced more than twoi 

ther 9fi aTragi-Com*. or a perfect Speakers at a Time, excepting iot 

Tragedy. The Scene lies in the Chorus's between the A£ku 
Ferfis, ' Alarbas. A dram. Opera^ 

Agnes de Castro. Trag. written by a Gentleman of Qua-^ 

by Mrs. Cath, trotter, 4to..a£ted lity, and afted at the ^luetn^s Tb. 

at the Tb, Roy. 1696. It is built , in, the Hay-markets'^ ^to^ I709». 

oaa Fr. Novelof the famenamt) The Scene lies in Jircadia \a\ 

tranilated by Mrs. Bebn, and de- Greece, 

fervedly met with very good Sue- Alabum fob London, or^ 

cefe. the Si^4 of AtUvferft: vuitb thw 

Agribablx Disappoint- • ventrous yihes and valorous Deedt 

MXNT. Vid* Lovx BCTRAY*D. . of tbe ianftSokUer, Trag. Com. 

AoRipPA King of Alba, -—This Play is not ilivided into> 

or, the falfe Tibennus, Trag. AftS) the Pldt is takes from TTfi 

Com. by John Dancer, This is a trapcal Hifioryjsf tbe Citf of Ant^ 

Tranflation from M, ^ittault^ it 'Wftf^ and was n&tA in l6a%, 
is in heroic Verfe, was performed Alb x r t u s WA llxmstxin^ 

feveral Times with great ApplauTe late Dtth ofFridktidf and Gtmnd' 

at tl>e Tb, Roy, in Dublin, and was to tbe Empe/tr F^^ndnd II. Trag* 

j^rinted %t Londam in ^foi 1675. by. Henn Glaftbarm.'^lhitSctns^ 

Agrippina £mprefi offymty , lies at £mrl> and the Pltft mtitS^ 

htf Tragedy, h^'tbo.May, Efq; hiftoiicai, being built on Fafts^K^ 

— ^The Scene of this Play lies in . not very diftant from the Timet 

Jiome, and the Plot is taken from of wiiting. it.-^Jt'was aifled at the' 

the Roman Hiftorians — - It was Globe by the Bank Side, and. ili 

adled in 1628. and printed in publiihod in 4to. J634•' 
I:^rao. j$59, ALA40N. wtoIhterlude|.S5^,i 

King AaA6UCR us and Queen — Of this I know nothing JW«-i 

£s;TiiXR.**-Whet^ertJtiis Piece is .thao>.t^)^afnt«} 1 
a Trag. or. Com. I know« not :^ it Asxidi^; ot^. tbk Okt^ J^fKi4 

is^ however, attributed to Ri^ert tune, a Mafque, . by* Coolitii - %\^ > 

Coy, Comedian, and is pubilnied I7£4«r*— -^Th&'Slce»et laidtonrtke. 

it) the iecond i^art oi Sport t^mn . Britifo%fS9iS,. 

^)k>r/, 1672. Albion and AlbaN'IVs,. a%( 

A J AX. Trag. &yo. X716. -— Opera>. by Z>9<ibi>**Set ta Mufic 

This is only a TrannatioJi ^m by LenuisGrabt/$f Sfq;^ The Suh«. 

xh9t Greek of Sophocles hy an un- je^ of this' Pie«e it yhoHy alle- 

known Handy but.revifed by Mn. goridkl^ being- iitteaded to c<po^ 

RoHve^ Lotd' Sbaftefiury and hiii Adhe-- 

A L AH AM. Trag. by Sir Fx/Zit rents.-ri609u/lr«} teUs us>, that hap* . 

Gre'viie.Lord Brook, The Scene pening to be ^rft'performM at a. 

of. this Play is laid at tljte Mouth veiy unlucky. Time, being the 

of the Per/ian Culph, and the very Day> onu which the D. of* 

Plot takeivfiom fome Incidents in MonmouA landed in the If^efi, and< 

Btrh*ri*% Travels. --^The Author the Kingdom in, a great Coniler^ 

has followed the Model oi- the nation, it ra|i but fix Nightly 

Andents} tluPffologueiafpoken which- not anfwering' half the 

by a Ghoft, who glvct an Account Charge the Company had been at 

o^eveiy O^^ra^bei^ and fo^iiAly in getting it upj involved them 

h^^kit a^V^to.tbe^RuUfe^tb*. t veiy^doeply in Pebt» 

A.L Aih 

'A X * It) N ^ SENS, f^, iate iiideiatig»ble Mn CMmr^- 

I^LAKO QvzENs. HOW in my Pofleffion, and from.: 

Albion jtEstror^n, oxytime whofe Accuracy I have receiyed 

turned Ocidift^ A Mafque, never great Afliftance in theCourfeof 

aded, 8vo. 1758. . this Work, he has trac*dtheRe- 

.Albion's Ta xu m p h, perfo' prefenution of AJbumaxar twenty 

natedin aMaJke at Court, by the Years f;urther back, and dedarM 

KingU Bdajtfy and bis Lords, (all it to have been a£ted -before the : 

whoie Names are at the End) the King, at Cambridge, March ^^ 

Sunday after Tvfelfth^ Night, 1631. 1 6 14, and mentions a 4X0 Edition" 

4to. — ^I'hc Scene is A&iPolis, the of it in 16 15.— Now as the Co- . 

chief City ei Albion,^— Intgo Jones pies of Plays, at that Period, fre- 

had a Share in the Invention of quently remainM unprinted \d the ' 

this Mafqu^. Hands of the A£tors» for many. 

Albovine King, of the Lorn- Years after their Appearance on 

bards, Trag. by Sir fV, Davenant, the Stage, I'cannot help thhiking . 

— The Story u taken from Bani' the Poflibility of DrytUn^s Accu<- 

de/lo^s Mi/loirestragi^ueSfTom. 4. fation, in fomeDegreej confiiHii'd : 

Nov»-i9. and Tome of the Hifto- by this Circumftance; more efpe^-^ 

riansof the Francs and Lombards^ cially fince the^ Appearance <^ st^ . 

and the Scene lies in Ferona. ■ m Plagiary on one Side or other, be> . 

it -M^as fir ft printed in 4to. 1629' ing- fo evident from theSimila-: 

Albumazak. Com. TVe rity of the Defigns, one%vouldbe 

Author of this Play is unknown ; apt to imagine that, if any ways . 

yet the Language, Plotf^and Con- doubtful, of the Fa£t, he would 

d«id of it, might do Credit to the rather filently have permitted the 

raoft eftablifhed Name. Dryden, Sul'picion of Thd't to have fallen 

in a Prologue written by him for^ on a namelefs and perhaps forgot- 

the Revival of it, confiders it as ten Author, than have in fo 

the Original of the Alchymifl, and*- (iu,ixote-like a Manner, couched 

accufes Ben Johnjon in very pp(i- hib Launce at the Reputation of a' 

ttve Terms,' with Plagiary. Writer fo well eftabliihed, and 

But as' neither Langbaine, J^cob, whofe Works were at that Time 

Gildon nor If^bincop,^ hove; dated- much nwre in Vogue, than even* 

the firft Appearance of this- Play tl^ofe of the immortal Shake/pear 

earlier than 1634, and' tha^ the himfelf. Be this, however, as it 

firft Edition oi Jobnfonr j^lJ^y- will, both ^heiePl^ys. are excel- 

ntift, was fo far back as- x6i43 j the lent in their Way, ^\ar can ihero 

latter feems to ftand pretty clear- be a much ftrongcr X^ftrmony 

ly exculpated from this heavy borne to the Merit of that under 

Charge. —As Dryden, however, our prefcnt Coofideration, than 

livM fo much nearer to the Time^ the general Approhatiolk it met 

and had probably even converfed- whli when reviv'd hfGarrickxxs 

with thofe who were ftill better the ¥ifar i74-7> wWwithftanding 

acquainted with thefe Circum* the great Stren^h wherewith the 

'ftances, it is difficult to iiha^ne, Akhymifl wa».at that Time- fup^^^ 
he would fo boldly- and pul^cly / ported, even . cxcluiiver of that 

Venture an Aflertion wherein Gentleman*s own peciiliat£xcel' 

he might fo eaiily be roMed, lenc^ in the Part^^f'.^^/i)!^* 

without very good Grounds.— ger, " . ^ 

Andthtt^farlmuft^cknof^ledge, I ftiall nowv^lio^RVi€T» iak%^ 

thatin foiae-MSj Nolee^fc/thc Leafe of thi? SmVi^A, ^%i>».%. 

At A L 

tU Digrdlbiv wlu€^> K9vcvcr^ I. Dryden\ Ode on St.C«nr0a^i IXiy^ 

cditidiiorclitiik aPoiitt of'^miKh . iet to Mofio by Hsfofii, 

Importmce to the GkwaifteKs of Alxxandba tmji ciXATr. 

tWoMenofnq^ttalOeliiiMVWi^ ySd, Rival Qjj»*ns. . 

p«rtm»ine mtirdy taa¥otd» but Ai*xxi«'s PiOKAOisx. Drain., 

vdiiflb, I l«ave to the JudipaoBt Op. 1680. 

^tiie- Public to ^dstQfmin&r Atxxit*! pAXtAAiss; or, «* 

ikf.CAMM^x«aiid!) Tr^ to the Gatidtu nf Len/e at* 

mm* T*a^ Com.. i66&^ The y^itgAmlh ^— -Goiih b)r JktKr 

Author unfanownii Newtcny ££]j 8»o. lyxa. — Of 

ALciryMisT» Com-. by^M.. thefe t%vo laft I. fcaow. nothing 

^JAnftir/p«. -^This Pliiy' is too well' more-thaivthe Names. . 

loMNra, jtfid-admkr*d: to need any Al r b^e d. A Maique, by^ 

Qommeneoni^ <>)r Accouat of it.«-^ . yamei Tbomfou and David Maliet^ 

l4tt it fuffice to fay^that the DeAgn Vyo, if 40. -r-r The Scene of thisr 

of it was to la^the then pnnfail- . Play lies in Briuun, and tfaie Story- 

\$g Paffien for Alchyjony, and from the Etigltfo Hiftory at the- 

point out how eafy. it is for Man- Time of xh»DamJh Invalion. - 

kind to be impo9>'d or> where WathibiiDBe few. Alterations, aad^ 

feme darling FoUy. lends its Aid the. Advantage of a very fine mu-. 

to t4ie Impo(hire.i — It was Arft ficalGomporition, it was brought^ 

a^d in i6io, and. pubiiilftd m on the Drury Laae Stage by Car- 

4fLtk ^eiame Yitar, rwky about. 17489 where it metx 

ALCXftiA^nts. . Trag. byOj^ vuth great Suarefs. ^ 

way, 4tO. 167 5,—- The Story of A l r a xik. An Opera,,as a]ter«> 

this Play is taken ^m Com, Ne^ ed fsom the above Play, Svo. . 

p$i vadL Fiitawh; The- Author 174.5. 

has, howevetv ooniiderably departs Ai. i m 0;M y Lady. yjd». 

cd ^omthe Hiftory, making his Lady A^imomy. . 

Beio, Aki^iada, a Man of the Ai.i:i aliv». akd. Msanr. 

iVri^e A Honour, -wh» chul'es n" Com. by Johnfotif the Dancing*- 

ther to loie his IMt, tbaa wmng Mailer, 8vo. 1738, — * For ibme 

hs9 Defender Ring J^h or ahuie Kidgment of this Gentleman^s. 

his Bed*} whereas plttaifcb:^ves writings in general, Fid, Hurh* 

him a quite diiFerent ^ara£ber. thrumifC^^^l cannot fiiMi that this''. 

A t DXkMAW NO' Con j ifc^oRt Piece was ever a^edi 

Kf<A Citcxolps^Haven. Att BxnxyiLLXO. yid,. 

A t D-XR it Al«- S'B A » 6 A:'« N . PoL 1 D Vs. 

#7^«L«cKY Cmancx. All Fooks. Com. by C^^o*^ 

ALXXAirpxx. Trag. by Okv Cbapmatk, 410% 1605. — "^^^ Plot. 

^U^ traaflfmi iaom Ttaeim^ is founded on Ttrettce's Heautogti- 

AlvxaUvki^. AiskaiO^. ;ManMnfin!r.-^Xt vras accounted an> 

l^irfesm^'d a» lift IT' 'Bt. x» the esccUent Play in. thofe Times, . 
Maf'm0rkiii,iAkg%Mf9hyMmM4^ a«d was a^et^at the ^/srit-Fntfi^f./ 

>--3ccMAMidhwi^*l!i» >7a6» All y^oji Lovx, or, 7i&# 

Albsais»k» iiWftr€Ai»»i»8^ f^iid weH Ufli T*rag. hy Dry ^ 

»«• A tim>ral€lwm<yi by %iM sibs.— This iAgenikaUy confident ^ 

Lth^Mt^MAUiuH Mit^ ^ the Critics -u tl^ moft com- 

MTwelft^ mijkt, I5«fv m^ plM» dtamatk Picee of^dnt jnftl^^ 

m^9 Jm^ ^ & -35. admktd Authot,*^ These needs^ 

i|» fMbays,. jia othe* Rfa£»n to hc^ 

Af-MM^tf^MMiitMAtTg , Am . affi|»*d fw itt hciQc fo^ thao ibat^ 

At . A' t 

Us ivat the, onJy oms (jWMngflr a 1^ Wir . Rowl ky, aaed. at the 

vtry largp Nambec) whk^ he W2i , Phtgm'x, 1633. —This Play was. 

I^niiittcd to bring to tliat Peifec- well efteena'd.*— It's Plot is chiefly 

tion^ which Leifure an4 AppBcai- from Novtl 3, of the Unfortunate 

tioiiy added to amoftcafutalDe^ Loven, 

pee of GeniiiSy.. might be expeft<!> Au.*s wxi %, j^a^t xn di 

ed to sittain. — The Plot and. g^ w »i, l . Comw hy t Shskijpeare, 

aeral Deifign of it is undoubtedly The Plot of this Play is taken 

honowed fimn Sbgkifieart*i An- from the 9th J\^r/-of Day 3, of 

tlwy and CUepatra, yet Juftice ^ocasrefsDacameMa.— ForamoHre 

and Candouf require this Confer- pactkular Account of it. and the 

fioa at ]€a& ^rom us, that as much Novel, fee Sbakejpe^x illufirated, 

as he has fallen fliort of his firft VoUJ. p. 185. --»The Scene lies 

Model in Fire and Orig^ajiity, he in France, ■ The Incidents of 

lbs equally furpailed him in Point Hekn^t Story and the ciofing of 

of ReguUrity^aod poetic Hanno- the CataftsocJie are very, intereft* 

ny; and it may perhaps, ftand ing^andtheDifboveryof P«ro/2»*s 

hereafter asoa Matter of CoAteA*, Cowardice is.truly comic and en- 

whether or not this Tragedy, is tertaining. l o Aort, on. the 

apt to be efteemed as aa.invin- whole,, if not one of the Author's 

cible Mafterpiece of ^e Power moft capital. Piecfes, it is at leail- 

of Enilijb Poetry. It was firft fuperior to moft of the Writer^ 

a€led 1078, and printed in 4^0., iince his Time, 

ia the fame. Year. All Vowe kzptv 6dm^* 

All for- Mb^N 1 y ► Trag. 8*0. ry J^jw Of <thi» Play I meet.: 

by Tifo. Lupon, (If, S. In the with nothing more<r than the 

Catalogue annexed to H^bineep's Name^ and thai it wasafted with* 

Scanderhegy this Gentleman is great Applauie in Dublin. 

called Zjv^foir J.^Of this Pl^ lit* Ahjs wio^mo^ut Mo n Sty. 

tie more is known than^the Name, Vid.. Ji^v sc T t . 

afld that it is written in- Rhime, Alma«i»b» . Itah Op. prt- 

Limgbaine declaring that he had ientedatthe.7%.inthei%.Mfr- 

^ever feentt.---4t. ¥ras. printed in, Itetj lyjo^-Svo.— -The Scenelies-i 

4|Eo* 1.578. < inGranadBj and the.Plotvas^ tak^ 

. Al^L FOR THI^ BVTT%Jl> 01^ Ctt fxom iXryi^^S CoN<^UJL3T OP 

tke lnf4UihU Om, . Gota, by Gkama2)a.— The Dedication is 

Mannings a^ed at the. 7h, Rp^ fubicribed by. ^m Ju, Ha'd^gtr, 

In Df. La* i703;--*^te. T nev from ^«hence it is concloded,^iUiat 

Seene lies in Madrid,; and the Mr. lfo'iMF<r was the author of 

Prologiue was written by Far^ thie piece.. 

ftdiar, Almtna; or, the jiraUam 

All MiSTAKSH, oi^. 7Z«. Vmo* tr. hyMrs.JIX^.. adedat 

Mgd'Conple. Onn. by the Hon.^ th^. *B>r Itojf, in. xbit Jiay-niar kef ,f 

Jj$, Hwoardf. £^i it was a£ted: 17^7.— 4^0. -«The Scene lies, in 

at the Tb, Boy, iaii^it, ^44;o«' the Capitals of Autbia, and die 

-»The Scene lies, in j&e^ and' Fahleae takeisfrom. the Lif&of 

it.wM> acewiated an. e^ellfin% CtiiipbltklU(^Amanpser,mth>foaom' 

BUy^ . Hints Arpm. the: JtmbioM NiebtU, 

All Fuss&BtB.. Fan Aaot Mntegtmmmi^^-^ThoQhainQtxoS, 

y^fm, '7^**- JkjfiH'Wdtmuk from DnKiiu*« 


A L ANf 

a View of what heroic Virtue and to feperate from a Vaft Val?- 

ought to attempt. cty of Wit, and Redundance of 

A L p H o N so, K. or Na p l e s . moral Thoughts, which made the 

Tr. by Geo, Fvtveli, a^d at rfie whole of an fcxtremc Length, the 

7"^. /?sy. 1691. 4to. — The Scene- moft beautiful and inftruftivc 

lies in Naples', and the Story is Turns of both, fo ar to-#educe the 

taken from the Neapolitan Hi- Poem within a reafonaUfc Com- 

ftory. pafs. '" 

Alphonsus, Et«f ekor or Alzira, or, the Spanijb In- 

Germany. Tr. by Gro. C*tf^- file repented, Tr, hy Aaron Hifi» 

man, often aftsd with great Ap- — A^ed at the tb, Roy. in Dr,L. 

plaufe irt . Bl, Friars, printed in in 1733, with good Succefe. 

4to. 1654.— This Play feems to This Play is a Tranflatiori from 

have been written in Honi^ir of Voltaire, and altho* Wir^ Lan- 

the Engfijh Nation, in- the Per- gtrage is very nervous and forcible, 

icn of Rich. E. of Cormoaff, Son * yet th<e ftridt Adherence to the- 

to K. yohn, and Brother tQ Hen,' Rules of the Driima, and that 

111. who was chofen K. of the Paffion for long-winded Decla^ 

/?»wdw in X 257, at the fame Time' mation , fo prevalenr amdhg 

that Alphonfus, the 16th K. of the French Writers, thro#fe a 

CaftiUf was chofen by other E- Heavinefs into the Pitce, whl5h, 

le^ors.— In Order to caft an Op- however ftrongly it may be fup- 

probritim on this Prince, our Au- ported, renders it ever tedious and 

thor reprcfcnts him as a bloody infipid to the Taftc of an Englifty- 

Tyrant, and, contrary to other Audience. 

Hiftorians, brings him' to an un-. Amadis or GAtJt. Ital. Op- 

timely End } fuppofmg him to be performed at the Hay 'market, 1715, 

killed by his own Secretary in* dedicated by y. y. Heidegger, 

Refentment for the Death of his Aniai.ajsowta. Tr. Of this 

Father, who had been poifoned I meet with nothing more than 

by him: And to complcj|t his Re-, the Name, witTiotrt that of it's 

vengc, he makes him firft deny Author, or the Date of it's Apr- 

his Saviour in Hopes of Life, 'and pearance in Wlincop's Catalogue, 

then ftabs him, glorying that he Am as is, K. or Egypt. Tr,^ 

had at once deftroyeid hoth Soul by Cha, MarfiTj a Book feller, ne- 

ahd Body. •— This PaiTage is in-' ver a£hid) but publi(hed in 8vo.. 
deed related in Cfer** s Examples, , 1742. 

and fome other Authors, but for Amatok Queen, or, the A— 

the true Story confult H^arianadk moiirs of'Tbakfirit to Alexander the 

Reh, Hi/pan, and other Spanifr Great, A Tragi^Com. in heroi<r 

Hiftorians. Verfe, by 7«.7r^««.— The Sto- 

'•'AtPMONSws, Kiirc- or Ar- ry from' S(^Curtius and Straho,-^ 

BACON. Hiftor. Play, by R, G.* This Play was neVer aded,- hy^ 

a^ed with Applaufe, andpubUih- Reafon of the Author*^ hearing of 

cd in 4t6. 1599' two Plays befides on the fame 

•Alt EM IRA. Tr. in jRhimci 'Subject intended for the Stage ; 

1^ Roger Boyle, E, of Orrery, a£l- but it was printed in 4to. 1W7. 

td in Linc,-Irm- Fields, 170a.— Ambitiovj Father. ViJ,- 

^o.— -The Scene is 5rV/^. THia- Iwji^r*d Lovers. 

Play being left unfiniined,' the Ambxtiovs Qve»»n« yidt 

HoAi Cba,Btylti afterWaurds R.^- SlSos #F M«lif>»18» 
0hrrf,^9» pleafed to rcvife it^. 



Au Bi Tioos poiri T SCK. Vfd„ ftCimam^rstytaAemdh ^^^ ^ 

Eovx-sicic CovRT. ha4 written f*^n« Years befofc^ * 

The^MBiTXovs SLAWiy-or, and whofe very Titla feei}i*4 to 

A Gtnerous Movet^t^ Tr.. by £/- be a Satyr on tfaieir 3cx* 

k4»ab Settle^ 1694*^ — The Scene Amcbicam SArAroXi ^<4 • 

is the JFrontiers of /{f^^tf. This ToMSOr€iti<tvx» 

Play met with- but ill Succeis. A M. i m t a» a Pliiftoraly Ato. 

The Ambitions States- 17*8. TranAated from the Jmaov 

Man, or, tb« Loyal ^avtrite^ of TaffOf -with Ariadne's Com» 

Tr. l^ y/f. &«w»w.-— This Play>. plaint,, in Imitation of Anguilaram 

tho* efttemfd by the Author as. A K»i n t a s • Dram* Pa^« 

opo 0/ his beftPetforaiasK^ met ttanflattd from t^^ by H^m* . 

with very indifferent Succefs.'-^^ Aj^ ^"^9* 17 J?* • 

The Scene lies in Panty and for Amokous bioot^ with'thff : 

th« Plot,^ iee.df^erfWt Me^tentsfy kfloan^ ^Vt of tkt^ue ^hftSf^ 

ice. \ Cpim My SBw. SbMktvtU^ 4to»., 

The AMB^Txaufr St»p*m0* iS9b. 
THBB* Tn \iiy Nic. Rom Mk ■■ j ^* .Amabows FmaiI* ^^* 
The $«eqe UjBs in P^ry^/by Md Roj««rsfoii.lss.. 
the Ckm4iui» mad« Pe^fiu^g. bui • r Aliii:iMr« H^ G'^i:*^ kt^ on^- 
die Pdign of tbr ^i^k^madOr It^t^iuWi^kaA Qum iMhoraitt^ 
kave.beaa taken from thrcfliH 'VMe»i^-9&i^.O«ntk'4lp»£67$iH 
hUibi||g^^9iMiQP the-?1^rvfMio^ I^filft; ai|>|i^Md wAerlkctTittei 
DaviJti^yiJM^4fi Z44(¥;k^tbA otiXh^^Afimtlur4iiwtiKtii9fiA'U^€l 
Prieft, ^ >M84MrA the Ptophet^, TfrMsfliktMn aTi thr../teMfr «rA>i 
Sffe I fCfi^h Cih n^ ^^ottK-v^ 5.. , MpdadT.Citmi/kt. the ortgia«lit 

A-msihyiMtf^ QTx Ui€ OtMm^. PlQ».<ift iirhwh IsibQ p ie j wt A iarqiwilt; 
thgQmh^tHbi:EifMJId^tck»m^^ Spm/^Pk^MHt^Mi mmahf^, 
lj* tfH^Oi^ S^a^^M Mt l Wfi ;. by .<^ ^4S4Kr^! - : ^ / • ;. .\i. ; 
-rfiriMi^lpt ^ aM]M«9^%^lAi9i9l : ( A^O OtVS . J^kT^ tiW. 

fQUAM:oniIlfl4hN|ri.39»^%ifeK^^ Yoiuif lem^ BMaiviixsfc ,-. 

Rape of Ifabitida, by i&m«[i[|,i«r^ ypKi^g^ K^ JWj/iwfc. Cftaat^ Im ^hyit ^ 
bilUt Oi» a Nogvel^ Gf GifoUk . IX- Aj^ bf P>. w^5 iUrttaM^ . v4tdfi^ 
c^ S* NoYi m* . ; . 1705. -^Th» ScMrlitftdA •^kfw^i 

Amelia*, Opcr.. after the jr«- AiitoB««t oi^jrtlVV&Mtteity oryi/i 
ZuriiJkiuiJMirt hyjfany Cmnf^ Ux. *Tis well i^h takei. Gotti; tVbA^i 
to Mufic by J^ F. htrnt^ and biited by.LM^^OMwdto^^^^JpMf^,. 
pe^opfied tft the Fr4946^7^4. in 4^^*. x^a^-— r-It.w«!s afKmaiEd».I 
the Hay-marka, ■. i^7yi, . reppiUiihed virith^ new Titie«Pa^ 

AMBNiia rott LAoif s $ With* b^ the Nameof *Ibk F^ndlJify^d 
t)\c merry Prank-s of HM' C^t^ AMOaavs (htovrut^. ' yifd* 
purje, ot the Humotm of Burnings AmjsjioVs^ GAi.i.A«T.. :' 

Com« by iV^n/. Field, 4(0* 1^911 AMOftov^ Phamtastm. T«^i 
Scene Latidoth — ^Tha^plot of M^ C^nn. by Sir-^^. Ltnoeri. iim«.'.ft 
//i*8 tegiptiiv the Wife at tht • i65S.-«-Tiu8 Play is tranOated-: 
R^qiMift ci te iIulbaBd». ieems ^ frorartbe F«s#Mtr iMnwrak^ of !S^'« > 
fownded oa^thei Novel o( the cm<^ nault, which sqjpear'd witb gfttt^ / 
wi ln ^-tHte m in Dm Sl^Mote,r^. Succei» on the /rMfj^ Stage. 
Thi9 Play wjgs jwrittfn by our Au- Amorous Pr i«eB> or/ «k > 
t^, . by Way of malung the La^* Curims Hup^ndi Com. by Mm* 
dies. AinejvU foe a^Coxoedycallcl Bebi^ 4to^ i6%u «— T>i% ^V^ ^ 


this l^lay is built on the IVove/of aTranflafion from tajjo^s Amlnra^ 

the Curiotts hnperthentf and en by J, Dancer, or Dauney, 

Ra>venfcroft*t City Night Gf^.— Amyntas**— A Tranflation 

Mrs. Bebn has however greatly of the fame Piece in Hexameter 

exceHed that Play, and even im- Verfe, by Abrab, Frounce, 410. 

proved on the Novel itltlf. Scene i59r. 

the Court of /%r^)u-ek Amyntas. The very fame 

Amorous Quakiixl. Com. Work, by 0/dmixm.-^ The be- 
by 0»e//, tranflated from MoHere's fore-menfioned Tranflations were 
dt^it Amoureux, — Fwm this Play not intended for the Scage^ Thi€> 
l>tyden^i Mwk Ajiroltger, an4 the however, was brought onr; but, 
gjpeateftPartol5<wif;i/Jw^r'il#W»f|^ as the Preftfee inibrms U9, with- 
ling Lovers, are apparently bofT iltStwceft. 
rdwed. Amtntas, w, l%e impoffUfle 

Am^iiovs War» Tr. Com^ Dowry* P«ft. Svo, 1668, by 

by Jafjl^ Maine, D. IX 4tOr Tbo. RstiJolpb. 

1658. The Anatomist, or, ITjc 

The Amohovs Wioiow, or. Sham Dofhr, Con. iy EJ, Rs- 
the wanton H^i/e, by Bettertdfi,'^' 'vMfer^, — ^4to. 1697. — It was iif- 

4tt>,- i70ft.<— 'lliM is ISO moict^n teipwards publiAed in nine. 1722;, ' 

a^FTRnflotioir W LMtuiHGf MoU^ yAxh a mufical Mai^iie annexed, 

«»i«V^M9«Z>liiN4ii».»-«-£ichifi^ «€ or rafhM' tnrferted in it; eail«d the 

fomelittteDdMieiicies in Point of ^ Hoves of Mars and Vems, — Vfi it*s 

iXlicacy, this may )iiMy>be d!*- ^ ofiginai Form, however, it has 

teemed a vety good PUy, and even btin ilon| laid «fidc;< but the 

JMw aieeti ^itb coaliderablie Ap. Do^r beingf t#aKflated into a^ 

plMic whweircr it is pofbrnied. tttnchman, by the Nasie of Mmf^ 

.AM09Kt •# Thaicstais, iSfAfirinri», aodaUiioft evefyThin(- 

VidL AMAsoiriAN X^vs'sK^ curtailM but the Soenes betweea 

AitrBTTSfD^, or, ^e t^M hits, his Maid AMTri^c) and^Crf/- 

Socias, CoBk by Diyden, 4*6;*— ^, it ftandb fntlmtmiinded Coa- 

Ttti Pta^ yt feuaded on tfae^ two dHaoB atf^ene tif-the moft ^abdard^ 

Jt^s^etmuoiTloMMtwAA^ere, Fircefl^ 

and was aAcd at the 7b. Rty, ANDaiA, > Cfl«n^ 'trailAated' 

X691.— Tlie Scene fies in ^ebes', from Terence, by Ricln Bemardf 

andtheAfuficofcheSongsisoom- 159S. 

poiied by PiTfY^/f. Anpria^ The fame Play,, 

Amfhytrion. Com. tranf- tranflated by £cl«ar^. 

hutA htna PUmtui, hy L, Ecbard, Avixa'-iA. The fame Play, 

. A M:fii y t a X o w . Com. traof- by S, Patrick f 1^45 . ■ 

lkt9Ah6ak Moliere, \>j Oiceli, A^DaekOROS. Abfographi- 

ARfPKYTaioK. Com. alterM cal Farce, in three A^t, 'i;i»t . 

from Drydm, with Mblier^t Dia* the Senate,, the Confith}ry, and 

logue Prologue between Mercury the Apotheofis, printed at Mono* 

and Nigbt introduoed into the fii^ rrpoUs, fmce Auguft, 17c ". — The 

Soene, and the Addition of fome Dedications to Don Com, Fix. ■ ■ 

new Mafic : aded at the 7>. Roy, Scene, Long Galler/in Mooi^iJii. 

iwpr,.La, 8vo. 1756a Mr. CoMeter izys that, in a C6py 

Am va A T K I. Pid, Co V a A- of this whimfical Piece which he 

Cfinrs Tusks. had fetn, there was- a Jl^. de- ' 

AnYjcTA- Paft. 8yo/i;66o». '' darta^ 


daring it to be written by Qo« ther concerning it than that, al- 

•pernor Hunter, tho* far from a bad Piece, it ne- 

* And ROM A CUE. Tr. by y. verthelefs falls greatly ihort of thie 

•Cromme. — =— This Play is only a Merit either of that or of Dry^fcfl's 

^tanflation of Racine's Androma^ Tragedy." 

^ue, by a young Gentleman, Antigone, //•« Thebane 

•chiefly in Profe, and publifhed Princefs, Tr. hy'Tho. May, 8vo. 

with fome Alteration by Crtnvne, 1631. — Scene in Tbeha.- — The 

It was brought on the Stage, but Plot from the Antlgona of SopUo^ 

without Succefs, and was printed <ieSi Seneca^s ThtBais, &c. 

an 4to. 1675. Antiochus. T'r. 8vo. 1721, 

Andromaka, orji the Met" a£led at the T/>. jRoy. in L/«fo/w*i* 

chant" s Wife, Tr. 4to. 1660. by Inn-Jields, — By the Dedication t« 

J, S, -— The Plot is founded on TVaJhington, E. of Ferrers, it sp- 

the Story of Plangus, in Sir P. pears that the Author was nearly 

Sidny^s Arcadia, — The Title in related to that Nobleman, — The 

the firft Page is. The Tragedy of Plot is built on the well-known 

Andromana; or, the fatal End of Story ofSelcucus N'canor giving 

Dijloyalty and Amhition. up his Wife Stratonica to his Son 

AnoronicOs Comnenivs. .^wf*ori>w*, on being informed by 

Tr. ^yy*i* fVilfon, 410. 1663.—* his Phyfician, that his incurable 

Scene Confantinople, For the Illnefs was occadoncd by his Love 

Story, fee Heylin sCofmography^ in for her. The Scene lies in An^ 

the Defcription of Greece, thcb. 

' Andronicvs. Tr. Impietie's Antiochus. Tr. on the 

long Succeffe, or Heaven's late' fame Story, by a Gentleman of 

Revenge, 8vo. 1661, — Scene Cw- Gloueeperjhire^ never adled, but 

fiantinopie, — For the Plot, fee the printed 17 3 3. 

life of Andronicus in Fullers Holy Antiochus, Ital. Oper. de- 

S(ate. dtcated by Heidegger, 8yo. I7ii» 

Anna Bull en. Vid, Vir- performed at the Tb. Roy, in the 

n^uE betray'd. Hay-maria, 

Anthony and Cleota- Antipodes. Com. hyRichm 

TRA. Tr. hy Sbakejpeare,'^Tht. Brome, The Scene London, A^ed 

Scene of this Play .is difperfed by the ^ueen^s Servants at Salif- 

thro' many Parts of the Roman bury-court^ in Fket-Jlreex, 1628.— 

Empire, and the Story taken from publi/hed 4td. 1640. 

Appian, Plmtareh*'i Life of An- The Anti^uarv. Com. by 

tbony, &c.-— It is a moft admirable Sbakerly Marmion, 4to. 1641.— <• 

Play, and has been frequently This is a very plealing Play.— 

performed with gre^t Succefs even Aurelia^t declaring his Nfarriaee 

in our Own Times, notwithftand- to the Duke and Leonardo from 

ing the Advantages which Dry- his Miftre(8 Lucretia*s Lodging^^ 

din*^ Alc for Love may have to which he had got Aditiittance 

over it with Refpe^ to the Re- thro* the Affiftance of her Maid, 

gularity of the Drama. is an Incident that has been made 

Anthony and" Cleo^a- nfe of ia feveral Plays, particu- 

tJa. Tr, by-Slr Cha. Sed- larfy in ^Wtf«'/ a Jl/<i«r.— The 

LEY, 4to. i677..-^A9tMsPlRy dkun^tr of Xht Antiquary, wha 

is founded on the fame Story with csuuMtendtireany Thing But what 

the lail^mentioneihoiie^ there can is old, it an admirable Hint, ori- 

bc 00 Room to iay any Tkiog fu^ ^aalftk il*t lExccvtioB, andmight. 

A P A f 

Sender the Pen of an able.Writftr> this Is taken, is too wdl kAwiKi. 

^ turned t« very great Advaf\- to need any farther Notice in this 

4agc. ' Wace. — The Scene lies in the 

Antonio and MsLibA. Valley of Tm^ in 72>£^ir^.—^ 

An hid. Play. It was ict to Mufic and perfonB*4 

Antonio's Revenge $ or, at the Th, Ri^» in Dr, Latie. 

the fecond Part of Antonio aitd Afollo Shroving. Cpm. 

^elida. Tr. —Thefe two Plays 8vo. 1627.— The Letters £. IK 

uere written by J, Marjioriy both preHxM to it, are Initials of the 
were a^ed by the Children of Name of a Perfon who, tho* not 

St. PauPs, and both printed in the Author, was the Occgfion of 

4to. x6o2. the Publication of this Pieces 

An tOnius ; or. The Trage- which was written by the Schools 

dy of Mark Antony. Done into inafter of fladUigh in Suffolk^ for 

Englijh from the French, by Mary, theUfc of his Scholars, and a£led 

CountefsofP^w^rt'Jbr, xspio. 1595. by them on SbrovC'Tuefd^, Fek, 

r-At the End of tie Play is this 6, X726. 

Date,—* At Hamjbury, 26 of iVo- The Ap p ak i T i on, or. The 

n/anber, 1590. Sham IVedding* Com.' a^ed 2A 

Any Thing ton a <t,^|XT the *Tb, Roy, 1714. written by 

i<iFE. Com, hy Tbo, MidJletoM, juGcntltmaaQfCbrtft'ChurthCol' 

«^6dati9/crAFryari, printed in4to. . ledge, Oxford, 

1^25.— The Plot of this Play is Appics. Trag.— AnooymouS| 

a Game at Chefs, play*d between 8vo. 1755. -—This Play was nOC 

•the Church of England and that a^ed j but feems to hate been 

ofJtoMe, wherein the former comes 'written, or at leafl publiflied, id 

off victorious, Ignatius Ltyola ht' Confequence of the Virgirxa 

ing a Spectator. — It was printed qi the preceding Year, 

hefore; under the Title of A Game Attiv s an t> Virginia. 

/I/ Ch'js,-— It was often performed Trag. Com. by R. P, 4x0. 1 576, 

with great Applaufe ; and, by it's in Black Letter, and not divided, 

being one of the Manuicripts pub- into A^s, wherein (as it is faid 

liihed Ify'Xirkman, it is probable in the Title Page) /f /|W^ fx^r^^ 

that it was in Efteem on the a rare Example ^ the Vertue ^ 

Stage before the breaking o,ut oi Cbafiity in wi/hi/ig rather to he 

th? ciyil Wars. . Jlaine at her owne Fathers Hands 

An yThingra.t«eb than than to he defiouerui of the witked 

-WJiih* Vid, Maid's last 'Judge K^^im^, 

pRAYfR. Appivs AND Virginia, 

Apocryphal Ladies. Trag. by y* Webftery 4^0, 16591, 

Com. by Margartt, Ducbeft of *— The Scene lies in R»me, -and 

ikwc^^» — ^This Play is one of the Story is taken from hinty, 

thofe which help to fwell the Fkrus^ &;c.— >This Play was af* 

^Ik of Wnting o^ this volumi- terwards revived and altered by 

^kous.titled Authorefs.—It it, as Betterm, 

•maay other of her Pieces, irre- Appiu-s and Vikginxa. 

|;ular smd uofi|iiihed, an4 is divid- ,Tr* by J, Dennis, 4X0, no Date', 

cd into twenty-three Scenes, biit .—-The Story is the fame with the 

not reduced to the Fqcm of A As. foregovogr cnes^ and it was a^ed 

Apollo and DAPHifs. A At the T^. Aoy. in /)r. Z^m.^ 

Mziyte, by y.n, Jkghfs, Zvo, , A^'i^s amp VxnotNiA. 

A R A R 

Appsxmticb. Farce, of two Pb, SiJMy^s Arcadia^ tnd is. itfel f 

A^ by Arthur Murphy ^ • — 8vo. the Foundation of a veiy modern. 

1756.— The Intention of this Tragedy, called PA/Ac/<?tf. 

Farce is entirely to expofe the ab» Aa dim of Fxvkksh am. Trig, 

furd PaOion fo prevalent araoogft Anonym. 4to. 1599. — The Story 

Apprentices and other young Peo- of this Play is built on a true 

pie, who, with no Talents or HiAory, then pretty recent, of 

Education, aflemble themfelves one vfrj^/r, a Gentleman of F««/^' 

in bodies composM of Noife and Jham, in the Reign of Edwtrd V« 

Nonfenfe, under the Title of who was murthered at the Infti* 

Spouting Clubs f where, without gationofhisWife, who being in 

the Gait or Accent of Turk^ Cbri- Love with one Mofebtt, hired two 

Jiian, or Man, they unite in com- defperate Ruffians of the Names of 

mitting the moft horrible Murders Black fFUl znA Shak- bag, to kill 

onCommonSenfe, and the Works him as he was playing a Game 

of poor departed Authors, who, at Tables with the faid Mjojehic, 

could they rife again, would by —The Faft is related by iiW- 

no Means be able to lay Claim lingjheadzn^ Baker , and in Beard's 

to the very OfBpnng of their own Theatre. 

Brains thus defaced as they are Aroalus and ParthXi 

by thcfe pitiful Retailers of their nia. Trag. Com. by H, Glau' 

Remnants of Remnants ; and all thorncy 410. i6i9.-«-^The Plot 

this to the Lofs and DeftruAion of tliis Play is alio founded on the 

of fomewhat ftill more invalya- Story of thofe two Lovers in Sir 

ble, their Time and Reputations. Ph, Sidney* s Arcadia, s'A, {>. x6, 

—It met with condderable Ap- &c, 

pl^ufe, and contributed in fome Ariaonx, ox, The Marriage 

Meafure, tho* it could not effcc- of Bacchus. Oper. by P, P. 

t\ially carry the Point, to drive 1674. This Piece is a Tranf- 

thisperniciousFolly out of Doors, lation itom the French, and wjs 

Aquilius. Ital. Op. 8vo. prefented at the 5^.'fl(?y. in Cci.'. 

1720 ; performed at the K.'^iTb, Gard, by the Gentlemen of the 

in the Heymarket.'-'^Thc Scene Academy of Mufic. 

lies in Syracu/e, and the neigh- Ari stiff us, or, the Jovial 

bouring Coaft. Philohpher, By T. Randolph, de- 

Arabian Vow. ^id, Al- monJtrati'ueliepmeingtbatSluartet^ 

M Y N A . Pintei and Pottles are fometintes ne- 

Arcades. A Kind of Mafque, cejfary Authors in a Scholars Li- 

by y, Milton. — ^This is only Part brary^ prefetttedin a private She^n $ 

of an Entertainment prefented to to which ts added The concxit- 

thc Countefs Dowager of Derby at edPxdlxr, prefented in afirange 

Harefield, by fome noble Perfons She^M, 4to. X030. 

of her Family.' - - It is very. Aristomknxs, or, the Roy a! 

fhort and incompleat, yet as it is Shepherd, Tr. by Anne, Coon- 

the Work of that firft rate Poet, ttk of fP^nchelfea, %yo. 17 13. » 

and is publiflied among his poeti- The Story of this Play is founded 

cal Pieces, I could not here pais it on xhtLacedanumian Hiftory, and 

over unnoticed. the general Scenes are Arijfome- 

Arcadia. Dram. Paft. by nes\ Camp before the Walls of 

Jatnes Shirley, 4X0. 1640. The ^barea, fometimes the Town of 

Plot of this Play is founded on Sir Pbarea, and fometimtf the Plains 

C *• 


among the Shepherds, pcrformM at the K,*s Tb, in the 

An MINI us. Tt. hy Pattifin, Haymarket, — This is a molt ad- 

8^0.1740. This Play was refu- mi rablc Piece, 

fed a Licence by the Lord Cham- Tbe Artful Husbant. 

bcrlain. Com, by^. Ttmemer, 8vo. 1716, 

Arminius. Ital. Op. 8vo. — afted with great Applaufe at 

1 714. dedicated hy Heidegger to the*n>. in Lirtcolnslnn-Fieldi,'-^ 

Lady Godolphitiy and adted at the Mr. Coxeter mentions his having 

^.*« Tb. in the Haymarket, been informed that this Play was 

The Arraignment op chiefly written by Dr, Jojepb 

Paris, A Dramatic Paftoral, Browne. 

prefented before the Q/s Majefty, The Artful Wif«. Com. 

by the Children of her Chapel j alfo by Taverner, ad^ed in the 

and printed in 4to. 1584. — Kirk- fame Place, and in the enfuing 

man attributes this Piece to 5i>tf/^^- Year, yet altho* it is in every 

fpearCf but on what Foundation, I Refpeft far luperior to the For- 

will not pretend to fay. mer, it had not the Fortune to 

Arsace. Ital, Op. hy Paolo mcetwith the fame Succefs. 

Rolli ; performed at the AT.'i Th, Arthur. Tr. by Nich, Trot, 

in the Haymarket, 1721, 8vo. — Artifice. Com. by Sufanna 

The Subjeft of this Drama, is Cent/ivre, a£led at the Th. Roy, 

the fame with that of T. CortieiUe*s in Drury-Lane, 1721. 

Trag. of the Earl of Eff^x, but Art of Management, or 

the Method is very much varied Tragedy expelled, a Dramatic Piece» 

from the firft Author, and the by Mrs. Charlotte Charke ; per- 
Names of the Perfons and Places --formed once at the Concert Room 

entirely changed, the Scene in in Tork Buildings. —-This Piece 

this Piece being laid in Perfepolis, was intended as a Satire on Cha. 

the Metropolis of Perfia ; Q^E- Fleetwood, Efqj then Manager of 

h'xahctbt caird Statira, the E. of the Tb, Roy. in Dr, Lane ; but 

EJfex,Arface, &c. that Gentleman and his Party, 

AKSiuoZfOr the Inceftuous Mar- found Means to put a ftop to its 

riage, — Tr. by A. Henderfon. — ^further Progrefs on the Stage. — • 

8vo. 1752 — This Play was never It was printed in 1735, with a 

afted, nor indeed ever deferved humorous Dedication to Mr. F/<r«f- 

fo to be : The Story is Egyptian, wood, who endeavoured to fmo- 

but the Execution of it truly ther it, by purchafmg the whole 

•wretched. Impreflion. — Some few, however, 

Arsinoe QuEENOF Cyprus, cfcaped the Flames, and have 

An Opera, after the Italian crept into the World.' 

Manner, hy Tho, Clayton — per- Arviragus andPhilicia. 

formed at the Tb. Roy, in Drury- Trag. Com. in two Parts by, Lo- 

Lane, 1707. — ^4to. dtmick Carlell. — The Story of this 

Art and Nature, Com. Playis founded on the 5r/>^ Hift. 

bytheRev.Mr. Af/V^r, 8VO.X735. hy Geoffr. Monmouth and others, 

The principal Scenes in this Play conzcxmn^Arnfiragus, who reign'd 

ire founded on the Arlequin Sau- in Britain in the Time of Clau^ 

vage, of M. De Pljle.'^hut it met dius Oefar. — It was fince revived, 

with no Succefs. with a new Prologue written by 

Artax^rxes. Ital. Op. by /)ry^CT», and fpokc by ttrrf, 

atit Ahht Mftaftaio, 8vo. 1724. ^t Asparagus Garden. 



Com, by Rich. Brme, a£led in /an, 8vo. 1651.— The Plot fro» 

1635, by the then Company of a Romance of the fame Name. ^ 

RtvtltztSa/i/hury-Court. — Printed 7j&* Astrologee. Com. % 

in 4to. 1640. ya. Ralph. 8vq. 1744.' ^This 

Ifbe Assembly. Com. by a Play was never afted,— The De- 

Scoti Gentleman, Svo. 1722. fignofit is founded on Albu- 

Scene Edinburgh, — This Piece a mazar, of which fee before, 

noi more than a grofs Abufe on Astvanax, Ital, Oper. 8vo. 

the Whig Party in Scotland, with 1727 — Dedicated by N, Haym.-^ 

the moft barefaced Profcflion oi The Scene is Buth^tts, the Capi- 

Jacobitifm^ and Inve£liveragainft tal of Epirus, 

all'who maintained the Caufe of As you find it. Com. Au- 

K.ff^ii/iam in Scot/and, thor and Date unknown. 

The Assembly. Farce, by As you like it. Com. by 

jMttes fTorfda/e.-^This Piece had H^, Shakefpear, —The Plot of i?, 

nothing extraordinary in it, but as far as relates to the Charadters 

the Excellence of the Author in of Oliver, yofues^ Orlando, and 

performing the Part of an old Adam, with the Epifodes of the 

Woman ( old Lady Scandal ) Wreftler and the baniflied Train, 

in it. feem plainly to be bonowed from 

^he Assignation, or hvut Chaucer t Legend of Gamelyn, in 

in a Nunnery, Com. by Dryden, the CotdCt Ttf/e.—- The Charafters 

4to. 1673.— This Play was dam- of Rofalind and Touch/lone, toge- 

ned in the Reprefentation, and is ther with the Conduct of the 

one of thofe hafty Perfonnances, Piece* are all the Work of. i& 

which at Times, threw a Cloud immortal Author.—— It is, pcr- 

oveir the ^erit of that Prince of haps, the trueft Paftoral Dtama, 

Poets.. The Incidents and Cha- that ever was written; nor is it 

rapiers are almoil all borrowed, ever feen without Pleafure to all 

and are very ftrangely jumbled prefent. — In the^Clofctit givese- 

together. — This is the Play qual Delight, from the Beauty 

which the D, of Buckingham has and Simplicity of the Poetry, — 

made Mr. Bayes boaft of, for in- In this Play^ amongft numberlefs 

troducing a Scene of a Petticoat other Beauties, is the celebrated 

and the Belly ach : but when it is Speech on the Stages of human 

coniidered that this great Man Life, beginning with, *' All the 

was abfolutely conftrained to write " World's a Stage.*'— The Scene 

fix Plays in a Year, will it not lies partly at the Court of one of 

appear much more amazing that the provincial Dulces of France, 

his Pieces have any Merit at all, and partly in the Forreft of jtr^ 

than that they have no more. den, 

AsTARTUs. Ital. Op. by P. Athaliah. Trag. by Dun- 

Rdlif afted at the JK.'* n, in the comS, 8vo. 1733. ■ This is no 

Ilaymarket, 8vo. 1720. T he more than a Tranflation, with 

Scene 7yr*. —The Author has very little Liberty of the ^i>tf//fli& 

received great Helps in this of Racine, — The Story of it may 

Drama from two Tragedies of M. be feen in 1 1 ICingf, Ch. xi. and 

S^uinaulty viz. VAfiarto and VA' in 11 Chron, Ch. xxii. and xxiii.— 

wudajanta. The Chorufes are elegantly tranf- 

AsTREA, or true iow'5 M/V- lated> yet as the neceflary Mufic 

MKT, a Paft0cal« by lMA$rd Wil- muft have amounted to a prodi- 

C 2 %VO\3A 


giwr Xxpcnce, and as reb'gioas Report of, with a V^ew to h«r 

Subje^ do not feem the mo& pe- becoming kis Miftrefs. The 

culiarly adapted to dramatic Re- Poet has greatly heightened the 
prefentations ) this Piece, altho* Infidelityof ^i>r/w#A/^ bymaiciag 
capital in Merit, was never hiffij^. previous to his having fccn 
brought on the Stage.- The Scene Elfrida, to have fedac'd under the 
lies in the Temple of Jerufakm. moft folemn Promifes of Marriage, 

72« A T H X X 8 T. Vii. Sol- a Taluable Maiden, and her too, 
wsia's FoaTWNt. the Objeft of Adoration of his 

7:^# ATHXiar^s Tkagxoy, deareft Friend L/m^/t; thus mak^ 
or The bonefi Man's Rtvenge: by inghim trebly fal'e toFriendfliip, 

€itrt7 Turnery 4to. i6ii. — The JLove and toya]ty. TheCour 

Plot, off Lnt$dM&i£*% coBveytng fcioufnefs of this ill-fated Erroc, 
Sebafiiatt and Irefao out of her blended with the Honour, Cou- 
Cluunber, when furpriaed by the rage and Tendemeff , which cor- 
coming of her Huiband;£<//e/iryig|y ftitute the other Parts of Aibdi' 
it. taken from Bncace, lhc% 7* wUtTt Chara^er, afford great Op^ 
iKw. 6. portunities to the Author, of 

ATHEiiaiTAif. Tr. by Browne^ painting the Movemeuta of the 
8vo. 1756;*— «Thia Tragedy is human Heart; nor has he loft 
Ibundod on the Britijb Ififtory, thofe Opportunities. —The Lan- 
and has great M«ac» yet inem*d guage is poetical and ^irited, the 
not to moefcwith th* Sncceirthat GhnraAtra cha^le aatd gaauini^ 
Meritclaim*d^ having been fearer- andrthe Deicriptions afl&£ting and 
I^ hs:74 Gt ttoght cf £iice its pidiu«^ii«»-^Jii a Word^ I ca»- 
firftRon.— — TheStmggiea and not help confidering this little 
Conflicts of various Pafion, knofili Tragedy, as very hx fnm 
which Athi^an is made to inder- the leaft vaduable of Mr^ JirZri 
go before his paternal -and domtftic dnmatic Pieces. 
Affe^lrions^getthebetterofa Rsh %bt Athbniak Coffsb« 
flintment, which had led him into Hoo sb« Com.— -This Play fhuids 
?n A£t of Treafon agsdaff hia in Mtv Wbinc^fi Catalogue, a^ 
PHnce and Gcmnfry, are flnefy mongft the anonymouS) Pieces 
fbpported, and periJuipB fcsroely written fiacc^the lUfloratioD ; ift 
excelled^ in any of our modem Mr. CoKtUr\ MS. Notes, Sx is 
Th^tfdies. faid to be printed in 4to. and the 

ArffSL^^LD. Tr. by Aar^n Scene to Ue in an upper Cofliee- 
BHtj Efq j Svo. 1730. a6led with Room.— lam apt to fuiped it to be 
fome Succefs at Dr. Lttnt^ — This the fame Play, with that which in 
Play had made its Appearance at the Britijb Theatre, is called the 
the fame Theatre in 1701, under Nxw Athxnian Comcdy, and 
the Title of Etra tn, or the fair is faid to be a Satire on that So- 
hiccnjhne, and had met with con- ciety, that is, I fuppofe, on the 
£derable Approbation j the Au- Authors of the ^/i»rir;>ii OrtfrAr. 
thor has, however, made great Augusta's TaiUMi»H. f^d* 
Alterations for the better, in the BaVTOS of Alba. 
prefent Piece. — The Plot is foun- A v a x n c i-Z i x x, or 7^ 
ded on the well known Stoty of Great Mogul, Tr. by Dfyden^ — 
Atbehveld't manying the fair El- This Play is written in Rhime, 
frida, whom he had been fent by yet is far from being the worft of 
King E^ar, to fee and make his the Writings of that great Poet. 


A U B A 

— The Scene lies at y^tf, the t/eTh, in the Haymarkit with ytry 
Capital of the Mogul's Tcrrito- confiderable Succefs. 
rJes uilfuiia, and the Plot may be The Author's Triumph, or 
found in Tavernier^z Voyages, the Managers mMnagd* A Farce* 
Vol. 1. Part 2. Chap. 2. — Lang- u^o;rym. — This is plainly the 
haine accufes the Author with Work of fome difappointed Au- 
having borrowed his Chara£ters thor, whofe Piece having been re- 
of Adrenge-»ehe and Nourmahal, fuCed a Reception into a Theatre 
from the Hyfolitui and Phadra of Royal, had, however, Intereft or 
Seneca, and alfo with having fto- Money enougb> to procure one 
len fcvcral Hints from Miiton's Night's RcprefenUtion of this 
Sampfon jigoniftes — From the iirft little Squib of Vengeance, atone 
©f thefe Charges, however, Jacob ofthe fmaller Theatres.— It feems 
takes fome Pains to vindicate to have met with the Contempt, 
him. it*s total want of Merit, rendered 

The Au T HOR . Com. of 2 A£ls, it liable to ; yet even this was not 
8vo. 3757, \>y S. Foote, Efqj — fu fBcienKo cure the Author's Va- 
This Piece was written only for nity j for in a Preface to thif 
the Sake of affording to the wri- Piece, he attributes it's Failure 
tcr ©fit, an Opportunity of ex- entirelytothe Fault of the A^rs, 
citing his Talents of Mimickry, and Want of Judgment in the 
at the Expence of a Gentleman Town. — How fevere is the Fate 
of Family and Fortune, whofe of a Manager, who, whilft he • 
Particularities of Charafter, altho* with unwearied Diligence, watches 
entirely inoffenfive, were rendered over the Public Sources of En- 
the Butt of public Ridicule in the tertainment, carefully keeping a- 
Part of Cadivalladir, — ^The eager way all the Rubbifli which aims 
Fondneis which the World will at polluting the Stream, finds his 
ever fhew to perfonal Slander, ad- own Reward, the lying^pen to e- 
d^d to the inimitable Humour of very Attack on his Reputation, 
this Writer and Performer, i' the his Underftandihg, and even his 
Reprefentation, for fome Time, Property, from the unlimited A- 
brought Crowded Houfes to it, bufe of every petty Scribbler, 
'till at length the Relemblance who thinks himfelf aggrieved, by 
appearing too ftronj, and the Ri- not being permitted to abufc the 
dicule too pungent irbt to be fecn Judgment of the Town, and 
and felt by the Qehtleman thus bringContempton the very Name 
pointed out, occafioned an Appli- of dramatic Performances ! 
cation for the Supprcfiion of the 

Piece, which was therefore for- m ■ 

bidden to be any more performed, 

TA^Author's Iarce. Com. B 

of 3 A^s, by H. Fielding, Efqj 

8vo. 1732. This Comedy con- "Qajazet II. l^id, Kagikg 
tains a luppofed Rehearfal of ano- J^ Turk, 
ther Piece, entitled The Plea- The Ball. Com. by James 
8URES or THE TowN, intended Shirley, 4to. 1639. InthisPlay 
principally to ridicule the then the Author was a/BAed by G* 
prevailing Fondnef for the Italian Chapman, 
Singers.— It was aded at the L//- The Banditti, ot.AL idy*i 

C3 Dijirefs 

B A B A. 

Difhefi, Com. by T. Durfyt 4to. the -Uioftetinf Monarch in the 
i636C-->TheScenetie8 in Madrid^ Movkning Bside. — Yet di4 
and fome Part of the Plot is taken this Tragedy meet with more Soc- 
ftom Shtrin^s Sisfsas. — This cefs than Atbelftati, from the Ad- 
Flay met With fomeOppofitionin vantages it appeared under, by the 
the Peribnibance, by Pcrfons Performances ^of Mr. Gtfrr/Vi( and 
withCatcailsj on which Account^ Mr. Mojfbpf in the Puts of Aeb- 
Vurfey has prefixed to it a humo- met and Barharoffa, 
vous Dedication, in which he Bargain brokxn. Vid* 
#eetts to aim at fome parttcalar CANTxaBVBY Guxsts. 
Perfon, under ^e Tirie of Sir Bartholomew Fa i|t. Com. 
€ritie Catcall, by Ben Johnfon^ 1614. — This 

BanD| Rupp and Cvpp. An Play has an infinite Deal of Ha- 
interlude, a£ted in a Shew at the mour in it ; and is, perhaps, the 
Vnxvei£ty of CMAridgt^ 4to. greateflAiTemblageofCharaden, 
1615. that ever was brought together 

Banished Cavaliers. Vid, within the Compafs of one iingle 
RovsR. Piece: Some of the Chara^ers, 

Banished DtrxE, or the and indeed the greateft Part of the 
Tragedy of Infortatuttus, 4to. af^ed Humour in it, may be lookM on' 
at the *rh, Rty. 1690— The Scene as extremely low, but the Intea- 
lies in a Village in Belgium^ tion of the Author in rendering 
the Chara£ter of Jnfortunatut is them fo, was to fatirize the Tafte 
drawn for the Duke^ of Man- of the Times he lived in ( not 
motttb, and thofe of Rmtanus and greatly different from that of oaf 
fapiJI'a, for K. Jamet II. and his own Age) by pointing out, how 
Queen. exalted a Degree of Applanfe 

Of Baptism amdTxmpta- might be obtained by this light 
TioN, two Comedies, by Bifhop and low Manner of writing, at the 
Bak.-^Of this we know no more fame Time that his C a t a l i n e, 
than the Name^ as mentioned by a long-laboured and learned Piece, 
himfelf in the Lifl of his own altho* tolerably received, had not 
Works. obtained that Applaufe,^ whidi 

Ba R BAR OSS A. Tr. by Brow^. lie, and every other judicious 
■ This Play is by no Means fo Critic was, and mufl be convinced, 
good a one, as the Jtthe^an of the it*8 Merit had a Title to. 
fame Author abovementioned.— A Bartholomzw Fair- 
The Defign feems borrowed from ing, new, new, new, fetft from 
the Tragedy of Merope. — Za- the raifed Siege before Dublin, as i 
fhira's Diftrefs and her Refolu- preparatory Prejent to the great 
tions greatly rcfemble, tho' they Thank/giving Day* '•-'To Se commu- 
fall far ihort of Merope'u — Ab- nicated only to Jndependanti. This 
i^^r'sdeclaring himfelf, and Eu- Piece is a mpre Party Affair, and' 
renes's being fufpe^ted, the mar« never was performed, but printed 
defers of tf eir refpeAive felves, in 4to. five fhort A£h, i649» 
are too mvch alike, fo allow a The Basrpvl Lover. Trag. 
Cb-im to much Invention in the Com. by P. Majfmger* — ,Thli 
Author of this Play, and the Play was frequent^ afted, and 
Character ai Barharoffhy feemtto with great Applaufe, at die pri- 
be drawn after PoHpbWtes, with vate Houfe in Blaek Fr/«rf .-^-And 
fotafe few Strokes ofBi^sxit and ^ai printed in 8v9, 1655. 


B A B A 

The IIashfvl Lov««s. — from tt§^U Co/mgm^ In Ae 

Jacobs ^d iftcr him HHnncop, Mftory of Spain, *€. Mr. C^xt- 

mention a Tra^-Com. with this ^ mentions having fcen a Play, 

Title, to which are prefixed the c^itled, «* The famous Hiftory 

Letters B. J* whence they fcem ** of the Life and Death of Capt. 

to inftr Benjobnfon to have been " ^^•. Stukil^, with his Marj- 

the fupsofed Author—but as the ** n»8« to Alderman Otrteis't 

other Catalogues take no Notice " Daughter, and valiant ending 

of this Play, and as the Date, fize " of kis Life at the Battaile of 

of Edition, and Place of Perfor- ** Manor, nit hath been aded^*' 

mancc, are all the fame as in the 4^0* 1605, in black Letter; and 

laft mentioned Piece, I cannot ^^ a Qwere whether it is diflfer- 

help conjefhning that it may be entfreiK^; or only another Edition, 

the feme, with only the Differ- with a new Title of this Bat- 

enca of a fpurious Title Page, to tie of AIca%ar, — It is probable Dr^- 

pa(k it on the World as a Work ^ might take the Hint of hit 

of Ben John/on' s, Don SebaJHan from this Play. 

The Basskt Tabli. Com. TheBATTLi or Auchrim, 

bv Mrs. Ontiivre, 4to. 1706.— or the Fall of St, Roth. Tr. in 

The Scene in Covent Garden, heroic Verfe, 4to, 1694, — This 

This Play, like the moft of this Play is little more than a bom* 

Lady's Writings, contains a great baftic Narrative of the Tranf- 

dealof Plot and Bufinefs, without actions of the celebrated i itb of 

much either of Sentiment or De- J^fyt ^^9^> when the IriA Re- 

licacv. bcls, under the f^encb General 

The Bastako. Tr.— 4to. St, Ruth, met with a thorough 

1 552, — Some Part both of the Defeat, from the Army belonging 

Plot and Language is borrowed to IC. ffilKam, under the Ctom- 

from the Loves of Scbiarra in the mand of General Hdatkay, on the 

Et^lifi Lovers, and the Incident Plains near ^ghn'm in Connaugbt, 

of Catalina^ 6 fup|>lying her Mif- -—The Writer has /hewn great - 

trefs Mariana' t Room on the Warmth and Zeal to the Caufe he 

Wedding Night, from the Story efpoofes ; but would have done 

of Roberto and Jfdaura, in the better to have confined himfelf 

Unfortunate Spaniard, p. 87. — within the Trammels of a Ptofc 

Scene in Seville, — Mr. Coxeter Narrative, than to have attempted 

attributes this Play to Cofmo Ma- the Flights of Poetry, which ap- 

fmcbe, pear to be entirely out of his 

Bath, or the Wefiern Lafs, reach. — The Scene lies in and 

Com. by Ti Dwfrf, 410. 1697. before the Town ^ Anghrim, 

TheBATH UNMA8K*o.Com. Battle of Poictikbs. 

by Mr. OdingfeUs, 8vo. 1725. Vid, 'Edwakd tbz black 

Battlx of trz Affkc- PtINCX, 


The Battlx or Alcazax, A Farce of one fliort A^, iaidby 

with Capt. Stukeley'z Death. Tr. Coxeter, to have been rehearfed at 

An^nym^ t£ted by the Lord High Whitehall, It was never a£ted, 

Admira]*8 Servants, 1594, 4to. but injurioufly fathered on the 

—The Story relates to Sebafiian^ D. of BMchingbam, and printed a^ 

K. of Ptrmgal, and Abdelemeeb^ mong his Works, in % Vol. 8vb. 

K., of ilAr0(^»,««- The Plot taken jyoy.M-H-The Scene lies in a 


Unwing Hoom at fybiuboB. and was publiih^ in 4to. without 

Battlx of the Posts, or a Date. 
the Contention Jor the Laurel, ai&td Beau in the Svds, yiJ, 
•at the Lt/i/e Tb. in the Haymarket^ Female Parson. 
about 1730 or 1731.— -It is nO' -The Beau Mee chant. 
more than a few loofe Scenes to Com. 410. 17 14. Written, ac- 
he introduced into the Tragedy cording to Coxeter, by one Mr. 
of lorn 'thumb, intended to caft Blanch, a Gentleman near Glou- 
an Abufe not only on Mr. Obher, ctfter, but was never a£led. — This 
who was made Laureat at that Scene lies in a Coflfee-Houfe in 
Time, but alfo on ^ron Hill, Stockjobbing Alley. 
Stephen Duck, and other Compe- Beau METAMomruosxo. 
titors for the Laurel, whom the ^/V/. Hap rv Lovers. 
Writer has introduced under the The Bi;au*s Adventures. 
Charaflcrs of Sulky, Bathos, Farce, by Pi>i/. B^»wfr, Efq; 1735. 
Flaile, &c. as he has done the This Farce is not mentioned in 
Laureat under that of Fop/in^ any of the Catalogues, nor have I 
Fribble. — The Piece contains ever fecn it. — It is, however, a- 
much Scurrility with very little mongft the Publications of that 
Wit. Year, but probably was never 

Bawd turn'd Puritan. a€ted. 

ViJ. Braggadocio. The Bxau*s Duel, or a Sol- 

Bayes the younger. Vid. iter for the Ladies. Com. by Mrs. 

Nkw Rehearsal. Centlivre, 4to. 1704. — This is 

Bayes in Petticoats, one of the moft indifferent a- 

Farce, by Mrs. Catharine Clive.^-^ mongft that Lady's Pieces, and is 

Written and performed for that now-^nevcr a£ted. 

Lady's Benefit^ at the Ti^. in i)r. The Beau's Stratagem. 

Lane,%vo, 1753.— As the Work Com. by Far^uhar, 17 10. — ^This 

of a Female Pen, it requires fome Play was begun and ended in fix 

Indulgence, but has in itfelf but Weeks, the Author having all 

a very fmall Share of Merit. the Time a fettled lUnefs on him. 

The Scene lies partly in a Poetefs*s and which carried him off during 

Lodgings, and partly at the The- the Run of his Piece. In a ihort 

atre. Advertifement, he acknowledges 

Bayes no Poetaster, the Friend/hip oC Mr. ff^lkes, to 

Fid, Qj; EENS or Brent- whom he attributes its Succefs : 

FORD. , The Frequency of its Reprefent^- 

Baves*s Opera, by Oding- tion to this Day however, and 

feVsj 8vo. 1731.— This is one of the Pleafure it conftantly affords, 

the many mufical Pieces which are Proofs that the Piece has an 

the Beggab's Or era gave intrinfic Merit in itfelf, which 

^irth to. — It met with tolerable cannot need to (land indebted to 

Succefs — Prefixed to it is an Ef- the Performance of any Adlorfor 

fay on that Kind of Writing, the Aprlaufe it meets with. 

The Bi:ao defeated, or Beauty in Distress. Tr. 

the lucky xourtv/r Brother, Com, by by /'. MottntXy 4to. 1698. — There 

Barker, — This Play I have never are many fine Lines in this Play, 

feen \ it was a£led, however, at and a great Variety of pleafing 

the 1 heat, in LincQln^i-IttH'-Fields, Jncidents.— -It is not^ however, on 



the Lift o^-a^ng PItys. adedfrom a Lictnce nnagmA to 

BxAUTY TRK BEST Advo* thc MS. Copy» and £g]ied by Ld. 

CATS. yiJ, MsAsvRX POR Herbert, 1631. 
MxAsuax. BxjLLAMisAi or thMifirtfit 

BiAUTY TRK C0NQ.UXROR, Com. bySirCi».^^f^4to. 1687. 

or tbt Death of Marc jintbcny, Tr. — The Scene of this Pliqr Hes m 

by Sir G60. 5A/&y> 1702. —-This London, but the Plot it takcp 

Play is written in Imiution of from the Bunucbut of Tertme, 
the KoMMfl Manner, but was ne- Bxllamira hxr Dream* 

ver aded nor printed with his or, the Lovt of Sbmkwu Tr. 

Works. . Com. in two Parts, ^ by *Tbo» Kih 

Beauty's Triumph 5 a £fr««o. — Thefe two Plays were 

Mafque, by Tbo, Duffet, prefented written during the Time that t^c 

by the Scholars of MeiT. HartzaA Author was reiident at the State 

Sittttjhr, at their Boarding School ofyieniee; and were printed wilii 

at Cbeifia, and printed 4to. 1676* the reft of his Works i/^ EoL 

Beggars Bush. ^dl.RoYAL 1664. 
Merchant. Bell in Campo. Trag. in 

Beggar's Opera, by John two Parts. Theie two. Plafts 

Gi^t 1727. —The great Succeis are the Produce of that ihdefati- 

of this Piece, which carried, it gable Authorefs , Margaret , 

thro* a Run of Sixty-three Nights Duchefs of Nnvfaftf0,'^l imagimfr 

during the ftrft Seaibn it was per- it was never aded> but is printed 

^nrmcdf and the freqn^ Repe* among her Works, Fol. 1662. 
tMom o£ it fiaccy luive nnderM Bzllmaclus. Tng^ 9yo. 

its Merits fo well known, that it 1725. Of thisu I find nothing 

ss unnecefliuy to fay any Thing more than the Name. 
fart]»er of it in this Place. Belphxgor, or ciftf Mam'm 

The B E 6 O A R * 8 Pa N t 6- of the Devil Com. by John H^ 

MIME, or the contending PoUietm jon^ in 4to« 1690. —-The Plot of 

Farce, aded at the Theat, Ray, in it is taken from ^»w(&'s No^ 

/)r* Ltfjff.— It ieems founded on a yels, and may be found in AJeleS 

-Contention betvreen Mrs. Clive OtlkEtion of Noveb and Hiftoriei, 

and Mrs. Cihher, for the Part of in 6 vol, I2m»/ publiihed about 

Polfy in the Beggar* s Opera, — ^It is 1 735. — ^The Scene Genoa, 
printed without a Date, but muft Bxlshazsar. An Oratorio, 

I believe have been performed a- performed at Cov, Garden, 410* 

bout 1730. 1745' 

The Beggars Wedding. A BxLTESHAzzAR,^r/i^KrrMV 

Ballad Opera of three A€ts, by yew, A dramatic Poem. Anonym, 

CJba, Coffey, ^^ It was firft per- '— Scene Baiyion, — Never aftcd, 

formed at DubHn with but indif- but printed in i2mo. 1727. 
I«rent Succefs, but being after- The Bxnzpici. Com. by 

wards reduced into one A^, and Dr. Rob, JVild, 4to. 1689. The 

playM in London under the Title Opinions which the Pr^terian$ 

of Pbabe, in 17299 it pleafed fo (of whom this Author was a 

well as to obtain a Run of thirty very zealous one) entertain of the 

Kights. Orthodox Clergy, may be coUeft- 

Believe AS YOU LIST, Com. ed from this Comedy. — TbcDer 

by MaJ/inger, — This Play was nc- fign is taken from another Play, 

ver in print, but muft have bcea called ih^ Return from Parneiffue, 

B I B L 

Yhe BzTRATZK or his fecond Trtlc, The Child has foaad 

Co UN T E Y. Trag. by Henry his Fatbtr. 

Sraoh, Efqj 174.1. — This Gen- The BiTtn. Com. by Mr. 

tleman's writings all breathe a Ro^ve, 1704. — This was the only 

great Spirit of Patriotifm and Li- Attempt of our Author in the 

berty, and thisj amongft the reft, comic Way, and met with Ho 

is full of fcntiments of that kind. Succefs. —* Yet it is not without 

— 'k has been afted on the DubUn fomc Share of Merit, and was 

Stage, by the Title of the Earl of meant to expofe the BiterSy a fort 

IVeJim'jrIandy but I believe was ne- of Charafter of that Period of 

ver publifhcd. Time, not much unlike the 

Betrayer of his Coun- /^«/«^tf^^tM of this Age. 

TRY. A^V/. Pausanias, The Bitzrs bit. Vtd* 

Bjetty, or the Country Bump- South-Sra. 

i^/ifjn. A Ballad Farce, by /f. Carry. The Black Man. An In- 

— This was a^ed with very little tcrlude, attributed to Cox the 

Succefs it Dr. Lane, 1738. Comedian, and printed in the id 

BiCKERSTA^r's Burying, Part of Sport upon Sport, 1659. 

•r fVorkfor the Upholders. Farce Tlie B l a c k Pr i n c E . Trag. 

ei three long Scenes, by Mrs. by Roger E. of Orrery, Fol. 1669. 

Centiivre, a€ked at the Haymarket, — The Story is taken from the 

and dedicated to the magnificent EngM) Hifkor'nns, 

Company of Upholders, 410. no Tnc Blazing Comit. A 

Date. Play, hy Johnfony the Author of 

BicKlR8TArr*8 vNBVmiD ifur/othmmho. This is like hii 

Dead. Farce, a^ed at Dr, Lane, other Writings, a Farrago of 

1742. Madnefs, Abfurdity,andBombafty 

A Bird in a Cage. Com. intermingled with fome amazing 

hy Ja.. Shirky, 4to. id') 3. Scene Strokes of Genius and Imagina- 

in Mafjtua^-^This iS an excellent tion. 

Play, and has prefixed to it an iro* The Blazing World. C. 

nical Dedication to the famous by the Duchcfs of Nrrocajlk, — 

ffm, Prynncy Efqj who had been There are no more than two Afts 

'% mod furious Ant»goniftto Plays, of this Play, the Author having 

but was at that Time a State never finifh'd it, but it is printed 

Prifon^r for high Mifdemea- with her other Works. 

nors. The Blind Beggar of 

B.jRON*s Conspiracy, yid, Alexandria, Com. Moft 

Conspiracy. pleafantly difcourflng his various 

The Birth of Merlin, or Humours indifguifed Shapes, full 

the Child has loft a Father, — of Conceit and Pleafure, by Geo» 

Trag-Com. by W. Ronoley, The Chapman. — It was publiflied in 

Scene lies in Britain, and the 1578, is the Author's firft Play, 

Story taken from Geoffrey of Mon- and is neither divided into A6ta 

mouth. — Shakefheare afiifled in the nor Scenes. 

writing this rlay, and his Name The Blind Beggar of 

is in the Title-Pagc. — It was fre- Bethnal Green, ^oitb the 

quently a£ted with great Ap- merry Humour of Tom Stroud, the 

plaufe, and was publiHiedin 4to. Norfolk Yeoman. Com. by John 

1662. Mr. Coxeter, on what Z)tf>'tf, 4to. 1659. For the Story, 

Authority I know not, has the as ifar as it concerns Hiftory, con- 



fiiU the Writers vn the Reign of glijb Hiftorians, and is very wrll 

Herry VI. condufled in this Play, more ef- 

I'he Blind Beggar o p pecialiy the Difcovery oiCamilla^ 

BxTHNAL Grxsn. A Ballad Rape in the fourth Ad. 
YzxQC,hyRob.DcdJl<y. This is On Boadicia. Trag. hy Richard 

the ^aroc Story with the fore- Glovery 8vo. 1753. — Ihis Gen- 

goih|(.-— It was a^ed at Dr. Lane, tleman^s Poero of Lgomdas, and 

hut without much Succefs, in his known great Abilities, occa- 

1739, and is to he found in a Col- fiooed the raoil fanguine Expedla* 

legion of the Author*s Works, tions to he formed with Rcfpedt 

publiihed under the modeft Title to this Play, which had been 

ofTrtJktf %yo, 1748. - many Years written before it was 

The Blinp La-oy. Com. by brought on the Stage.— It did not. 

Sir Rotrrt Howard, 8vo. 1696. however, perfe^y anfwer thofe 

-^The Scene lies in Poland, and Expectations ; there being ra.her 

the Plot is taken from Heyiin'x a Deficiency b^th as to Incident 

Ccfmograpby, Lib. 2. This Play and Characters, yet the Languaje 

is printed with divers other Poems is very poetical, and the Defcrip- 

of the fame Author* tions beautiful. -— In a Word, it 

The Bloody Banquet. Tr. feems much better adapted to 

printed in 4to. i6ao, with the give pleaCure in the Clofet than 

Letters T. D. but is in fome of the Theatre, 
the old Catalogues afcribed to 7i&o. Boardzng School. Vid* 

Barker, Love for Money. 

The Bloody Brother, or Boarding School Romps* 

Relh D. of Normandy, Tr. by Ballad Farce, by C. Coffey, afted 

Beaumont and FUtcber, 4to. 1639. at Dr. Lane, in 1733. — This it 

This is efteemcd a very excellent only an indifferent Alteration of 

Tragedy. — The Scene lies in the laft mentioned Play of Mr. 

Normandy, The Plot is taken D«r/fy's, which being in itfelf but 

from Herodiani Biji. Lib. 4. and a very poor Original, it is fcarcely 

Part of the Lan^i^ge from OiVirrriZ*! to be expefted that this cold fc- 

Tbebais, cond-hand fervice of it ihould be 

The Bloody Duke, or the very palatable, and it ccnfequcnt- 

Mventures for a Croivn. Trag- ly met with no Succefs. 
Com. adtcd at theCourtof^/itf- A Bold Stroke for a 

Regalis, by feveral Perfons of Wife. Com. by Mrs. CentUvre^ 

great (^ality, 4to. 1690.-— This afted at Lincoln s ' Inn • Fields, 

is a political Piece, expo£ng the 17 '7- — In ^»s Play flie was af- 

Popiih Plot, &c. and is written by fifted by Mr. Mottley, who wrote 

the Author of the Abdicated a Scene or two entirely.— It met 

Prince, of which fee above. with very good Succefs ; and in- 

Blurt, Mr. Constable, deed, notwithftanding the abfur- 

or the Spaniard'* Nigbt fFalk. dity and Impoflibility of the 

Com. by Tho, Middleton, 4to. Plot, and the Poorncfs of the 
1 602. ^ Language, there is fo much Buli- 

BoADiCEA QviEN OF Br 1- ncfs and Variety in it, to keep up 

TAIN. Trag. in Heroic Verfe, the Attention of an Audience, 

by Cha, Hopktm, 4to. 1697. that it is ftill generally feen with 

The Story of this Queen is to be Pleafure. 
found in Tacitus, aod in the j^«- The Bondman, An anticnt 



>StorY^ hy AUffifigarf ^tQ. 163S.'— BttKNOftALTy' or the Dif^ 

This is a very excellent Tragedy. coMtemied Ctkmtl, Tng. by Sir 

-^ The Scene lies at Syraeufe. — Jf)b» SuekHmt, This it printed 

The Plot, of the Slaves being (e- among his Works, inSvo. 16^%. 

duc*d to Rebellion by Fijandery Bkidals. Com. by die 

and reducM by TimoUort, and Duchefs of Newce^Ut, pobliihed 

their Flight at the Sightlof the among her Works, Fol. 

Whips, is borrowed from the The Baioz. Com. by 7bt* 

Story of the Scythian Slaves Re- NMes, 4to. 1^640. 

bellion againft their Mafters, in Bkitain*s HAPPtmss. A 

Jufiin.Lih. i. Cap. 5. It was Mofical Interlude, by P. ilfarmjr, 

revivM with Alterations and performed at both the Theat. 4to. 

Additions, and a fecond Title of 1704.— The Scene, a Profpedof 

Lovt and Liberty, and afted at Dr, Dover Caftlc and the Sea.— This 

Lane, tytg, 8vo. Interlude had long before been 

Bon DUG A. Trag. by Beau- intended only for an Introduction 

mont and Fletcher, — This Play is to an Opera, which, if ever fi- 

upon the $tory of Boadicia, Q^of nifliM, was to have been call'd 

Britain, who is indiffierently m- Thi Lovxs op Eukope, every 

led by the Hiftorians by that Aa (hewing the Manner of a dif- 

Name, and that of Bmduca, It ferent Nation in their Addrefs to 

is efteeroed a very fine Play. the Fair Sex. 

^6N o u c A , or the Britijh Be*- Ba i t an N i a . An Engltjb O- 

roine. Trag. hyCeo, Powel, 1696. pcra, with a Print of the tranf- 

This is no more than an Altera- parent Theatre. Anonym. 1732. 

tion of the above Play. Ba i ta n n i a. A Mafquc. 

Bouncing Night, Fid. ^7SS' 

Wits. or it anni a and the Cods in 

TheBaACOADocio, or^tfw^ Council. A drannatic Poem,— 

tarn* d Puritan, Com. written by Anonym. 1756. 

a Pcrfon of Quality, 4to. 1691.^- Britannia triumphans. 

Scene Lcndon. A Mafque, by Sir ff^, Datfenant 

Bravs Irishman. Vid, a»d Inigo Jona, — It was prefented 

Ca p T A X N O'Bl u N D E R . at H^itehall, by ,K. Charles I. and 

Bravo turn'd Bully, his Ldrds, on the Sunday after 

A Farce. — Of this I know no- Twelfth Night, 1637, and was 

thing more than the Name, printed in 410. 11637, but is not 

having met with it in a Cata- inferted in the Folio Edition of 

logoe, bat never fecn the Piece Sir HUliam^t Works, 

itfelf. BaiTANNicue. .Tr. by J, 

TheBaAXENAGE. A Hiftory, Oxell, This is only a Tranflation 

hy Tbo, Haywood, in 4to. 1613. of a Freffri> Play of the fame Name 

The firft A6k contains the Death by M. Racine, 

of the Centaur Neffus; the 2d the ThcBaiTiSHENCHANTERs, 

Tragedy of Meleager ; the 3d the or, No Magic like Lo^e, A dra' 

Tragedy ofjafon zndl^edea j the matic Opera, by Lord Lanfdowne, 

4th Vulcan't Net j the 5th the —It was firft called a Tragedy, 

Labours and Death of Hereulfs ; and was a£Ved at the ^*i *lh, in 

being all of them Stories taken the Hay-market, 4to. 1706— The 

from Ovid^i Mefam, Lib, 4. 7, 8. Author, who took an early DiOike 

sndy, t9 xht French 9Jkd Jtalian O^^em, 


lecms in this Att«aift t« hart in tlieZ#(|g(.Laji^<^c.*-OB0ttbeie^ 
ak^d at reconciHog -^e Variety is one^ardcuUr Circumlbncew* 
and Magoificeace eflential to O- lating to this Flay, whkh ttoes^i 
peras, to a more radonal Model, much Honour to the Heait^ a&liie 
by introducing fomewhat more Tlayitfelf doeslo theAhUities of 
fubftanttal than the mere Gratifi- the Author, viiuA is his liavii^ 
cation of lye and lar.— Its Sac- not ori|y ^veo u|) the entiiv Prp- 
ce(s was great, but was put a Stop 'tits of three'Benefits arifii^ /rom 
to by the DiYifion of the Theatre it, bnt alfe even made i^ th^ 
and a Prohibition of Mufical Amount of them to the tutfi 
Pieces. . - of xooo/, an^gencrouflyheHowai 

Bbxtish Hxaoxm^ nH, it to the nohleft of ail Purpoii^, 
BoKDUCA. v/^f. the Propagation of the Gi^JT- 

British Wo* thy. f'tj, pd in foreign Parts, 
King Arthur. Arvtus or Alba. Tr. % 

TheBRiTOH. ^^ro/Jr NabumTate, ailed at the Z)ai?s 
W/7/f>i/aacd with conadcrable 71b. 4to. 167^.— ThePbnof this 
Succefs at theTheat. Roy. inJDr. Play is taken from the i v Bocjc 
Lane, Zvo, lyzi. oi yirgiPs ^neid, 

Britons sTRiJCi HOMZj or Brutus of Ax.jia^ or ^- 
the Sailors Jtebearfsf, A Mlad gt/ftd*s Triumph An Opera, b^.C. 
Farce, by £iw. Pi>i7*/i, performed Powe/lp a£led at the Theat. in 
but without ^ccefs, at i>/-^I^flr. Djirfet Gardens, 4to. I-697. — -The 
1742, but not printed. Scent of this Piece lies moftly on 

The Broken Heart. Tr. the TZ^tfrnw, -and the Plot is taken 
by Mr. y»hn Ford, 4to. 1633* entirely from the laft mentioned 
The Brokb^ Stockjob- Piay^ and fome of ^he old dramatic 
BtRS. Farce, Anonym, and "Writers. ^ 

without Date. ^Whether this Tlie B v b3 L e » Vid* Wi t s ., 

Piece was over peribem'd or not. Bury Fair. Com. by 7Zi^. 
1 cannot pretend to fay, only find- Shadavtll, 4*0. J689. — The Clu- 
ing the Name of it in the lift; racers of Otd Wit^ and Sir JFTu^- 
but I imagine it to be one of the pbry NsddU in this Pla^, are ap- 
many Pieces which the Bubbles parcntly bci;rowed from Jsifim 
of the memouble Year 1720, JSpoihvit ^nA Six y6hn .Nm&y, in 
gave Bixth to. the D. of Ne'qoc^lis Triumphal 

TheBa others. Com. by y. fflidow, and that of I,* Roche from 
Shirley, a£Ud at Black-Ffyarj, the Precieujes ridicules of Molit^, 
165a. Svo. -•—- Scene lies .in Bwsiris. Trag. by Dr. E4- 
Madrid. ward Toung, Author of. the 

Ti'hc Brother s. Tr. by Dj. Brothers above-mentioned, Svp, 
Youni, ?vo. 1752. — The Scene This Play is founded on Hiftoty, 
of this Play lies in Macedon, and and was a^cd .with great Success 
thePk)t from Aefliftory oi.Ma- in the Year 17L9. 
t/edonia in the Heign of the laft Bussy i>*Amboise. Tr. by 
pjbf7/>. — The two Charadlers^f t?. C^afiiw».— This Play was^Jf- 
Demettdus and Ferfeus are admica- Ten j>rerented at PauPs, in the 
tly drawb, and their Conteft be- Reign of James I. and after tbe 
fore their Father in the 3d A A, Reftoration was revived with Suf- 
perhaps the fiacftPiccejofvratory cefs at the Theat, Royal, -—The 

^ Plot 



plot of it 18 takeii Trpra the French Wid the ttiftdry of the Grfdei 
^Mtftoiitnt In the Reign of Henry Gate, are both borfowc<J frtm 
in. of France, Ben Joafon^i Com. 6fihcDeviti 

.. BustY d*Amboxsz, hisRe- an AJx, 
VSNQB. Trag. by the fame/4tb. ' ' 

'1613. This Play is neither To 
good a one, nor fo ftri^ly foundc;d 
*Qn Truth as the foregoing, nor - f^ 

was it received with fo much Ap- A.* >..: 1 ..■ 

'piaufe upon the Stage. ' :>...:;: 

BvssT d*Amboi8, or, tU ^!^*8a« anrPomtev. Tf. 
Hujhand^t Revenge, Trag. by T. \j by'C C&i^ia;*, 410. i(5w, 
Z)«r/gr.-<-Tbis is no more than a *Ac<i at the Bla^^ F^yart,'^'fiit 
Reyival of CV«tf«'8 Play, with Pl«t of this Play is* taken froai 
fome Improvement on the Cha- *^c B'OfiutB Hiilory, and\hc Mo- 
• ra£ler of tcanyra, — For the In- f>\ intended to be inculcated ^y 
triguc olBuJUy and Tamyra, Vid. i^ is, as the Author has himfelf 
Rcjfet'i Hiptres tragffyts, Hift. cxprefs]d in his Title-Pagc, that 
17. p. 163. under the feigned o^fy ^ }«ft Man is a true Man, -^ 
Names of Lyfis and ^/7t//V.— The Scene Rome and Pharfalta, 
'Scene lies at Paris, C^sar Borgia, Son to POe 

The Busy Body. Com. by -^exander VI. — Trag, by Nat. 
VixiyCentlin/re, afted at the Th, J^«» 4*0. 1680. — ^The Scene lies 
Roy. in Dr, Lane, 1708.— This in Rcmcy and the Plot built on 
Play met with fo flight a Recep. the Hiftories of Guicciardini and 
tion from the Players, that they Marina, and Ricaut*^ Lives of the 
even for a Time refufed to aft it. Popes. This Play, like many 
tnd when prevafled upon fo to do, others of this Author's has great 
which was not till towards the Beauties, mingled with many 
Clofe of the Seafon, Mr. Wilites Strokes of Rant, Bombaft and 
Ihewed fo much Contempt f9r the Abfurdity, and therefore does not 
Part of Sir George jUry, as to now ftand In the Lift of afting 
throw it down on the Stage at Re- Plays. — It met, however, with 
heju<al, with a Decoration, that good Succefs at firft. 
no Audience would endure fuch CmsAR his Revenge. Tr. 
Stuff. The Succefs the Piece Anonym. — This is4n all the Ci- 

that altho' the Language of it is Mr. Cbetwood) where two Edi- 

▼cry indifferent, ' and the Plot tJons are mentioned, vix, 1604. 

mingled with fome Improbabili- 1644. -—I never met with the 

ties, yet the amufingSprightHncfs Play .any where, and Lang^aige 

of Bufinefs, and the natural Im- declares the fame of himfelf. 

pertinence in the Chara£l€r of Casar in Egypt. Tr. by 

Marpht, make confiderable a- C, Cibber, 8vo. 1725, This 

mends for the above'mentioned Oentleman*s Qenius, however 

Deficiencies, and render it even to pleafing in Comedy, has been Very 

this Hour an entertaining and far froih being admirM in the 

i^an^ard Performance. The dumb Tragic Caft of writing, nor is this 

Scene of Sir George with Miranda, Play even coniiderM as his Ma- 


C A C A 

fler-piccc. -— — T%t Scene of it Eflay for the Improvemeat o^ 

lies in AUxsiMsf and the Plan Theatrical Mufic in the Englijh. 

if borrowed from the Pm^ of Language, after the Model of the 

t, CorntiIU\ bat how far it falls h»liam,—'Tht Story on which it. 

ihort of the Merit of that cclebra- is founded is in Homer, and im*. 

tfd Author^ we ihall leave to. the proved in the Adventiu:es of 7>/^ 

bdgment df thofe who chuie to inaebus:hy the Atchbp. of Ctiw: 

be at the Pains of comparing the f^ray, — Our Author has changed '. 

two Pieces. ~ feme Incidents, aa4- addod the: 

Caivs Marcius CoBZOlA- Chara^er qi Prtt^n, to give it 

Mirs. /74^ CoRioLANVS. tlEM; greater Variety. . 

TbeHifielyandFallofCAivt Cambvsks K, rfPerJta.^^^ 

Mabius. Trag. by T, Ot^ay, Play in old Metre, hyTho.PreJ^' 

4to, 1 680. "-* The Scene of this ten, without a Date. — Its runningi 

Play lies at Rmf, and the Cha- Title is, a ComedU. of King Cam^ 

niten of Afarius, jun, 3nd Lavi" ^O^f i and its fuller one as foU 

MM, -are taken, aiid that even in lows^-^<* A lamentable Trag. full 

aumy Placet verbatim, from thofe of pleafant Mirth, containing the 

UJUmeo and %i5frf^ — The Plot Life of Camb i tx s. King of Per^- 
iatO' which tlie Story of their. J^', from the Beginning of his 

Lave w^ thus ioterwoven^ may be Kingdome unto his Death ^ his 

fraflid in-PhU0nb*9^UhQiCaUu om good Deede of Execution, af- 

MiannWi and in Lueans Pbtrjalia, tei ■ the many wicked Deeds and 

OAtiemhA,Empir»rrfRome,, Tyrannous Mofdert committed, 

ISr.hy y. Crvwm, 410. 1698. — by and thro* him. — And la(t of 

The Sceae Kcs in the ImpertBt all, his odious Death, by God*s 

FiUce 10 lUmtf and the Plot is Judgment appointed, done in fuch 

^hea froiB Smf§ahii'9 life of Older as foUowcth.^'-^The Story 

tftat Prince. it taken from Herodotui and: 

A Maique, by the lame Author Cambtsbs, Kinr 0/ Perfia,, 

with the laft namM Pby.-r-It Trag. by £/Uif«i&^«r/£,4to. 1672* t 

was written by Oonmand of K, —This Play is on the fame Story 

Cba^ lt% Qjieea, and wai of- with the foregoing, and is written; 

tentimet perfonned at Court by in heroic Verfe. — ^The Scene lies 

Perfons of great Qw]ity.-—ft has in Suxa, and Quniyfes\ Camp oejur* 

SoDgt between the Aat. — The the Walls of iSvaui. 
Scene lies in u^iMK&tf ; the Dura- Camilla. An Opera» ficft 

tion of it an oHifcial Dty j and performed at the Th. Roy. in Dr» 

the Plot is founded on Ovid*t Lam, and afterwards in the Hfyr- 

Mitam, Lib. 2. Fab. 5. 6. tMribf.-— Anonym* 4to. 1706. . *, 
Calprubnia. An hdUn Op. The Campaigrxbs, orpUla^ 

8va 1724, — The Scene Rome, fant Advsmura at Bntjfth, Com* 

the Niftorical SubjeA of the by T. Z)irr/^.^ Part of the Plo^. 

Drama from Plutarch, . of this Play is taken from a No- 

.Calyfso and Tklxma- yel caird Femtde Fal/bood,^^Sctn€ 

CRve. Opera, by ^bn Hughes, Brujpsh, Time 35 Hours. 
£fq$ Svb. 1712. performed at the TheCANTXRivav GuxsTSy. 

Queeo^s Theat. in the Haymarket, or a Bargain Broken, Com. by' 

-^The Muiic compofed by Mr, E, Raveufcroftt^to, 160^, Thi» 

Gajfiard, — This Opera was an i| a., very, indifferent Play, anc^ 

X^ » Da met 

C A C A 

mtt fM^ fny indlflertnt Sik- gWe iilelRiU^ DcHght t» evert 
c^^<«^ift#(Siti#n4iN^. Mind capable of Judgment, as it 

Th« CA«»>n<lt;s L4ir»ii#. ljfitheiht>x)6cACIami terminer' 
Obm. hf Mk. Mingfr/Is, a£bed at taUty, and is one among a kw 
Ihuiyi i^ii^Tllcattie, 1725. InlhHKes t4kat poetieii Genius h 

TI0 CAfyriifNi Com. by f(» far iWm »e*8 Detlihe attbit 
AmmnmmV tmi^PlmhtF, — Tl^ b Tune in theft Realms, that wt 
far iTMkrdMi «f lb* meft captt&l bMre Writtn Qovr liriftg^ fomeof 
Ml«oe» lif thcfe uaited Authert, whofe Works no ifr/fr/ft Bari- 
aJkl it »o«^ never pcrfftrmedk whaCibeycr^S^ibiJ^rj^J^fw^rafld 

Captain 0*d&tfi>iDKii|. or ild/V/9« not excepted, would baye 
tbe Ar#9# kijkmatk P!a»o«, by Rfe«ft>ftto blofli at bciftfp nputei 
72». SkmJmu H f M rt riflio. »- tbie Author of. 
bftue i749.^T]ii* f Arte ba» a^- Tht CAnniNAL. TV. by 7^/* 
way« nwiwieh grtaf Apfreltefien' 5fcV^f . — «^ 8vo« t^ct-. aAedin 
in Jrehtn/L on A««#ilBt of the h* Black Ffyart^^^Sccnt-rhn/afrt* 
Tturabli Liglhf i» ti4ikll^ thr/i^ The Car 1 1 bs t Kv s B A i»l». 
OentkiDMiy iiot«i4Uillaiidiag all Com. by C. CUSfr^ 4M« lyottv-—^ 
Ins Abfunfide» wad fteqimitly ThttC^Miedy eonttiinii perihtpr, I 
ftooedJ BKindtn^ ftiti appears t» til* moft etegant Dia)l»r!>^> i^ 
ilKitid^^OiM^thf Mincipilt^mid the meft^MfeO KLnaM^dJ^'^ | 
indeed iHtfft e«ttttiiMittg SctiMi t)M Manners of Parf^ns ih Ai^ ' 
in il« Iib0rr«wc« fVom tlie SiMf bigh Lif^ ctMme^ vofy tfrattvt^ 
.0flWHr#iM|pr Ac «f Mt$hre, Piece thtt ln»yet appeirNf id al^ 

Th» CAYTirca'. Tng. by Langtiafe wlMitrm*; yetfud^ if 
J^kn > Ca^i 9vo. ly^Ok A£tcd ^ tic nacnral MaktolciKe of Mia-. 
vfith tolerableSuccdtbiJUMTaivf- kiody and fuch oitt iinwiHia|^ 
Ik^FieUs» But aa tbe Fort of aaft to beffew I¥«ifty aeleaft«t' 
tliac admirable Author^ Geniut the lirioc that Mr. 0Mrr*« Cb»^ 
did not feem to be plac*d in Tnif • tcMpgiwita tMNlM JtofallEiw hiO^ 
I" haiPe little tO' Uf wilb Kesard t» h«*o bem tb» Author of it f 
c» tlifr Mtelr of thia^ Play* T^me atfriftutinf k to the D. of 

Gaih^ot AC «»• A Dramatir ./^if|^» to w|iOi» It Va»^edkat€^ 
VtoiB^ by AiTr Afiijloy SvOk '7^9^ foaae fo Mn /2^> fome to Mt, 
— Tte^Pfeao ie w ii tia u afkea iho Mtnum^iig^, Set^-^As, howeter^ 
MmN9 of tke G0mif Trtfedyv dorinf a long* CoorTe of Yearr, 
mth Odes and Choroffti^ a«d is Mrbtch it .has canftantly been 
ymmktmf istended for the Mngfrfi performed viitb the greated 9b€- 
Scage; ^indeadi anyAotaoipt ctfby ao^im has been laid to 
tv ha^ it peiformV iA fhcb » any P^rrfof it, we (Wrety may pay 
Jifaiiaer aotO do it JuMce, muft the deferred Tribute of Praife to- 
W«« baas attendodwith Itpences him, who by tbia Breftriptiofl, , 
to^ gfeat to hasird on the pr«* Aaiid1i> at the undoubted Author 
ciriour TaAe of an AudJencc, aa- of the 'whole^ and to whom the 
It ia only for real Ceniafea to Englifi Stage is to this Hdor 
tafte that Redundattte of ineX'* greatly obliged for a very coi^fider- 
preflible Beauties, which appears able 3hare of its comk Entertain*' 
thfo* the whole of ie, aad which ments during the Gourft of every 
^trould render it as ihmht %9, Sealbn. 

^- Cav;>r to the Mokitude.** lit The CitaBtiss L ov t b s. 
llio CMf^ bovrwptf^ it SBWil evet Com. by £. B^tvtnfcpeft, ^ Tiia 


C A C A 

that i>yi^fat4 ttt(Mlt«d ^M An- is a TnmQs^xm fmn A« AmkiI^ 

thor*i AUmamoncbi, and tliei^efore aad wat aAed at tilt Tkeift, i« 

in the l|»ifll« and P»ek>gue he Lineobi'i Im Fi4dh f 7««.-mTh« 

liat eisdca¥9ure^ to^ revenge his Plot is fiMmM on (gmm-BMpu of 

Caoll, jbyaa attack on |)^im*i tiyiXJ^e of Gvtftydbr tlii «p|tbf[»P 

jthmnmsr and hit Z>0v» /« ^ Aim- ted FiwrgA Highwujiinaiu 

irarf.-— And jx:tcftifig baeilkon bim The CAtnitALTia^*. Go«* ■ 

the Charge of Plagiary, which by Bm Jin^, 4tB. i6o9.^Ths« 

notwithftaftding what Mr, Ra^ is not one «f thf inoft CQ^catcA 

n/tufertift- iays in hit Prolfl«ne^ he of this Autha/s Warki^ mom it : 

i» far Iron being clear ot in Re^ it at this Tiioe evfr ad ted .'-^- Jt if 

gti4 to this Tery Piecfe, as the partly borrowed from JNgut^iy at •. 

ftam Scdieintfae 4th A^^ where vnU be apparent on a Coaoparite ' 

Mtt, BratdweR and CUtfbam bring ot fevoral Soencs in it wkh dM 

in their Children, and chaHenee Aubtlaria and CaftiPvsi of tint' 

Marriage of the Lord di Boafiaao Audiov* 

is apparently Aden from Mo/f>r^*8 CA«SA.ii»aA. I7i/, Viattiif » 

fd^ieF9utvimnacyAAi.Sctne Paopi|XTXSt. 

7v and 8. ^— Whatfeever of that Catalinx hjs CoiitP|«: 

Gpmedy moreover the Author racy. Tiag. by Bm Jm^, 4^. 

had not befoK made Ufe of in his 1 6 1 x .«^This Play has ^»at Moo - 

Mmm amoMcbi, he has tranfplanted rit, but is too declamatpsy tar tli# 

into thW IHece. prelent dramatic Tafte. «^ J^Jk» ' 

The Car K LESS SHsrnzto* has tn this, as in almoA aU Ida - 

A Pal^oral. — I never faw this Work^ made grtat VU of ihm 

VSaoe, but it is in a|l the Cata- Andeate. -^His ^Ua^% Ohot 9M< 

loguefl w«1!ha«t eidier Auth^^a theOptnlngefthla Play, iaanr*' 

NiiMf or Dale. videntCopyfrooithatof TaMadMt* 

The Ca a 1 1 ESS Sn £ p m e a - at the Beginning of Sateca^s Tly* 

»ist. A Paftoral eJiM, and maah Is alib 4ranflato4C 

Jobm Gofe, U$6. ^This Play from SaffuJI thro* the C6u«ia of'. 

vaa a£ted before the K. and (i tho Piece. --> For the Plot ft» - 

at BaHfimy Cturt, — The Scene &i%l, Fktardi^t Life of 
H^ in Artadiar^l^ has however and L.' ji, Fk^uf. «i~Seaae 
a Preludium, whofe Scene is Bm^, " 

plac'^d in SaliJbMt2 Court \ and to CATA»LAlii. WU^ Vo^^M ' 
the Play is annexed a Oitatogaa, Flo«i>, k' 

extremely erroneoiis^ however GATHAaiHV toA' Pm^M^fmt - 
tfMwf^umt, of all the Playf CHto. Farce, Syo. I754r»-^hif 
which hadhefore that THne been k notUng roonr than a« Alteram - 
printed in the En^^ Language, ^mt g£ Stake^ar At V Autvc osf 

TheCAavs e* hpy%, Copn. rjiB Slia»w, \ff imiai^g . and * 
of t)iis iio^iing inoi^ -mears ii) framfpofing diUbvent Parts of iy . 
the Cataio|pss htit its Napi^, and r«)fMng the ftiparAi]Oii»tteanes| 
liMt it was one ttf the Piodnc-^ and reducing the wh61e into 4 
ti9ns of the 77th Century. tfgite Piece of fbfee Adls.<«^ot 

' Th^ CA«KtVAL. Com. by the Jadgroont # h tfs m th dus ^ 
Tbo, Fcrter, 4to. 9^4. -— Scene eiccated, iind the inditafaie Uft 
Vm^t* ihaCtheaiodollaflrtcQOwa Avtfioi) 

Cavt^v ^itf pr tiif Fnntt nvfiolbefef ho^AiaylHb hai^Dadn 

oUSldk^ore, whom he has neN • d«4» a Parallel between th«t Pkf * 

thfit deviated from, nor added to, and the laft mentiooed one of M(r . 

doei great Honour to his Under- Addifint, 

llaasding^ and Knoi&iedge of thea- Cautious Coxc o m b. Vid, 

tricalCondua, and has rendered a Sir Solomon Singlb. ^ 

Cemed)r, which from the many Celxstina^ or the Spauijb 

Abfurdities mingled with its au- Bawd. Com. 1708. —This was 

fl^erous. Beauties, had long^ been wrote originally in Sj>anijh, by 

throven a£de, one of the moft en- ^" Mateo yUman, one of the. 

tcrtaining of the fititts Ptecet on «>oft celebrated dramatic Writers 

the prefent a£tinj Lift. o^ ^hat Nation, in 2 Aaa, and 

Cato. Tng. by J. Addtfin, was tranflatcd above an hundred 

4to. jyxa.— This Play was per- Years ago, at the End ofGufman 

formed 18 Times during^ its iirft de Alfaraehey the Spattijh Rogue,-^ 

Run, is uiher'd into Notice by 8 ^" }^^ ad Vol, of the new Tranf- 

complimentory Copies of Verfcs lation, it is reduced to 5 Afts, 

to the Author, among which, one Ceni a, FUJ, Eugenia.. 

by Sir Rich, Steele leads up the Chabot (Philip ) Adui-' 

Van, befides a Prologue by Mr. a^*- or France, his Tragedy, 

P^e And an Epilogue by Dr. 4to« 1639*— This Play was writr 

Garth, and has ever fince been fo ^cn in Coi^uo£tion by Ja, Siirlr^ 

luitverfally admired, that it ap- and Chapn:an,-^-''Tlit Story of it is 

pears touUy unneceiTaxy to add taken from the Fr^ri> Hiftorians, 

any Thing further in its Com- ><> their Account of the Reign of 

jaenda'ion.— As to its Faults, if frands I, 

f«ch it has, the Cotemporary Cri- . A Cmallsnqe at Tilt 

tics have fufficiently endeavoured AT a Marriage. A Mafque> 

to. point them out.— Jt nxay not, ^J Ben ypnfin,F^?KA, t6jfi, 

however, be impertinent to ob- Challenge for Be a wty. 

ferve in th^ Place, that the Tragi-Com. by Th9, Haywood, 

BeauUcs of Poetry and the Spirit 4^0- i636.^Aaed in £Uck Fry- 

M. Liberty which fliine thro* the «''i.^Scene PortugaL 

whole, fcarccly more than com- TheCnAMBE.RMAip. Ballad 

genikte for its Want of Pathos, Opera, hySdvt, Phi if t, perform)- 

%Mi the . Deficiency of. dramatic ^^ at the Theatrt Royai in Dmty, 

fittfinefs. •— It cannot, however^ Lfn^ 1734* 

$ii«ly be thought 19 ill Cempli- Chamber maid turn'o; 

ment to the Author, to ^iifefs> Quaker. ^W. Countiy In* 

tUt altho' 19 a Play it may have nocskce. 

many Superiors, yet it muft ever 'I'he Cm an ess. Com- hf 

W ahowed to ftaad ioremoft ia Bfaumttt zndFUuhat. — ^The Plo( 

the Lift of our dramatic Poems, of this Play is taken from a Novel 

..The Story is foundedon ffiftory, 9^ CeivanUs, called the Lady Cw 

pnd the Scefee lice Uiro* the whole nelia, which is amon^ the Colr 

piccc iathc Governor's Palace at Ic^oa of Novels in 6 vols. ta^. 

ytiatt^ which I mentioned be^.*.Th9 

• Cato OF Wtica* Trag. by Scene lies in iJpiAjpi*. 

Z, Oxeli, a£M at the The Chancxs. Con. by the 

iuc6hC$^hnrFiilds, Svo. 1716. D.of ^vr^^^nwy 4to, i68s..^ 

fi^-This isQAly aTnuiHation from This is only the preceding Play 

^ Fknidf. Pi^of thf fame Title, altered and amended.— It has >een 

% M. Dtfdmi^i, to whifh it ad- frequently perfbriiied with great 


^H OH 

Anpiaufe^.a^. indeed, the «»ftr CteANCBs.XKqs.^i/.Cotrg>r /- 
Variety of Bufineft and JRurry of ako CoifNTXY. 
Intrigue, which laLa^uaUyprodu-. The Ckaplkt. A Mufical 
ce.d by the Coafufioi|of miftaking. Entertainment, by MendeXy 8vo» 
two Chancers fo extremely dif- , 1749.— This Piece had a very 
ferent a% thofe of the ConftantUu, confiderable Run, and dill ilands . - 
cannot avoid keeping up the At- in a very favorite Light amongfi 
tentioa of an Audience, and the mui^cal Part 0/ Dramatic En-, 
making the Piece i^ipear, if one . tertainments. — ^The Poetry of it, 
nay fo term it, entirely aliye.— on the whole, if pot great, at . 
Yet notwithftanding the Altera- lead deferres the Praife of being 
tions made in it firft by the very pkaiin^, and will^erhaps, , 
Duke, and fince that in the pre- give Pleafure where , Works of 
paring it for feme ftill later Re- more eiTcotial Merit may meet * 
prefentations, there runs a De- with a lefs kind Recaption. 
gxee of Indelicacy thro* feme Char ados K. op Cam« . 
Scenes, and a Libertinifm thro' b r x a. yid. Va l i a n t ■ 
the whole Charadler of Don ^0/^9, Wxlchman. ^ 

which, to the Honour of the pre- Charles I. K- or Eng^. 
Jent Age be it recorded, have for land, the famous Trageif$ 9/*.-— 
many Years paft, experienced Anonym. 4to. 1649.— -This Play i 
a very iingular Difapprobation, itttw to have been written by ^ 
vthenever they have been at- fo^neveryftrong Party Man, who 
tempted to be obtruded on the thought at fo critical a JunAore ; 
Public. the Declaratioa of his Name 

Changes or Govern- would have been attended witlv, 
MBNT. /7J. CoNSFiRACT. Hazard, perhaps even of Lifaj 

Chavcks, or Love in a Maxi, yet was hardy enough to dec^rt « 
Com. by Ja, Sbir/ey, 4X0. 1639. his Principles under the Protec% 
—Scene LoaJSm*.— This Play met tion and Secrecy of the Prefs, at 
with confiderable Succefs, not aTime, and in a Manner, where-,, 
only in the- Author's Life Time, in he muft, if known, have rcn- 
. but for a long Time after. - — A dcr'd himfelf liable to the moft 
Scene in the iirft A&, where rigid minifterial Re^tmcnt. — , 
Goldfio9rtb on examining his two Nor is this, perhaps, the only 
Daughters, finds them both ii^ Inftancc which might urge ws to 
Love with the fame Pcrfon, has wiih that warm Integrity and §^d» 
Wen made Vf^ of, altho* indeed tile Cenius were ever cenftaot 
confiderably improved, hy Dtydtn Companion^. 
\n his Maiden ^un, • CharlesVIII.op Francs, 

TheCHANCELXNG. Trag. by or, the Invafitn 0/ JNaf>let ^ tb$, 
^%0, Midd/etcm, 4to. 1653. — Fr^c6. AnHiftoricaiPlay by.^. 
^tfw/ejf join'd with our Author in Crcwn, 4to. i68o.-~The Plot o^ 
this Play, which met with very this Play is taken from Guicdar' 
gieatSuccefs.— -The Scene in ^'- dint, and fome of the Frtnek 
isntf and the principal Fonnda- Hiftorians.'^cenc Naplei,'-^lt ii 
tion of the Plot may be found in written in Heroic Verfe, and Is 
Ike Story oXAlfenuref and Beatria perhaps, one of the moft ftriking 
JcsMM in Rifneldit God^t Rf Inftances of the infatiable T»rn 
vit^e againft Murdttf Book It of Satire which prevailed with 
Ch, 8, . *^ celebrated £«!.•( ilM%llfrj 


anent paid him by the Writer, mefe thm ft Trasiatiott ef 

in- <iedic«tiRg thif Pky t« him, Motie^U F fwhi ^ <fr j^vy««i^ 

cooM n0t avoid rkliculiag the the F1»t of «riic|^, norevrer, it 

Piece and itt Avthor, in his Imi- borravaed tttm llie fbormh ff 

tatioA of the td of Boiltstt^ S^-^ TWvMf.-^The Scene IVtwr. 

tiiee, in whkh^lie even mentioftt The On cats of ScAvyir. 

Mr. Ofwnt and tiiis Play hf Com. by OsaeS, — This is only 

Naane, ^ ooiet a pemliar FaAbf^ tho ablbkite Tranflatiofi of iM»- 

firom tt, aad in a Rembrk upon /iere'9 Ptey, was never afted, bast 

it points it out to that Cenfare^ is printed amonf thereftof OatriTa 

whtcli o th arw tf e it mifht perhapa TVanflarions from that Antlior. 

Iiave elcaped. The Chxshirz Comics. C. 

CiTABXEs XS. K. ov SwE- by Joknf^n, Pro, 174.0.^— T^is 

i>EN, or, the j U ve mmr is «f Rode- FHece, written by the Anthor of 

tic Random and bk Moh Strap, Hurhtbrumb^, is, Hkethat, full of 

%70. 1748. — ThisPiay is a Kind Madnefs and Abfvrdity, yet tike 

«f Tragi - Comedy, was never that, has in it many Strolces of 

petfomei, anA ieems to hare wonderfil fmafinatien. 

been writton as a lUdietile on Chilo mas lost a Fa* 

the ihgenioui Author of RtJerie tmer. Pitl, Bxeth or Mta- 

Jbmd^M, Lffif. 

CliAaLBsD. orBiROif. /?if. TheCniMAEA. Farce, by 

ConsFraACT. T, Odeff, 8vo, 1720.— The Ehite 

Cr A 8 T it" L A D y . FtJ, E a M I - and Title of this Piece, are fuffi- 

tn-A* cient to point oat the Defign of 

ACiiAST« Mais lit CvEAr- it, whieh was to evpoie the Fol< 

•tft<. Com. by 7^. MidUiaonf lies and- Abfurxiities that Man- 

4to. x^io. kind were drawn into by the epi- 

C« A s r s N T M rn.' Ftd, denial Madnel^ of that extraor- 

CALrsTA. • dinary Year. 

The Cheats. Com. byy». The CniNssz OarMAic.* 

WifM, 4*0. 1W4* — TWi Play Hi^^orical Trag. Anonym. 8ro.' 

met with general Approbation ; I740.«-This is little more than a 

HaH withftanding whieh, the Au' Yeriifteationof aC!&m«/« Tragedy, 

thor^ Modefty induced Kim to which Du HakU has given «s » 

make an Apology for its Faults, TranOatien of at the jnd of his 

Sk o Ihreface to the earlier edi- Hiftory tA China, — See Hr^tr 

tions.— -To the 4th Edition, which linger OnrnAN OtrCniNA. 

n^ tn i^7\9 there is the Ad* Chit Chat. Com. by ■■> 

JMoftof anewSottg. JCVAfrrw, S%f Svo. ijsi.-- 

The Cheats or ScAPttr. This Play is lit^ more thas 

Jl Farce, byT". tVwwy, 410. 1677. vAat its Tkfe impHes, wx. 'H 

•k^Tbis Farce ta printed at the oonneCiled Piece confi^ng princl<* 

IM o«f the Trage^ of friars utk pafly of eafy and genteel Conver* 

B mM nit e, which confills only of fation yet it met with confident 

Aim Adb, and was probaWy in- Me Apphaib when reprefentcd «|C 

naiad to be yc ifor m ed with it in IV. LaneTheat, and lb flri>u|^ 

tka dame Manner as we have was the Interefl of the Atrthoi^ 

kMly ^Ven 4ome fteces of irre^ siAio hoi a Vlaee «t Coiyt, fim* 

gHiirLikgili-4Mttaai^ft joiiit ported by the D. of w^i^ aind^ 

. '« thers 

G H G H 

tbv» ^ his Friend, tlyit tkft Pl9i]r ««ft Obt iAtondcd fiBVitbr' 

Profits of this Plasr, iireie f^tCa Suge^ and i». onky^ a TraaAxUoBr- 

have amomited to upwards of a. of the &riftui p^titm cf i/iff» 

tbouiaiKi Poitn4^ C;t|Kmr^ wx^ Annotatiosa. «M>It. 

CRLoiiofA>Qr.ft/V^»^GiM» wjiq, ]|«wevcr» tfteemei; a iict]^ 

««<i M" .A^ri)^. Mafqae^ by good Tranflation by his Cotem- 

f«»^oi9/0ir» ptcfentedatCottit bjr porarie:^ aoA is e^o.ftmgly 

the Q^an and hev l.adi«a at- coRuncnM ib a Copy of Vo^ 

Sbi0nmmde, lijo^ 4to. prefixed to k bjF tkc great I^oed 

by C;^ Z.f Aii^ 8va» 1734. -.*This OfCnaiST when he wAt 

PjUarfi^lbtHidedoatheHtfioryof' TWl£tt« Yeaks diD 
tb« famotM Gtorge Cajbriet, aMoa^ -^This ta ose of tbe Piteea wsk« 
flioiily called Scandtthtgf. K. of tea by Bt&op B^St^ of wtdch «r 
J^>tt«.— Itlraaperfomfld at the know nothing aooea than thr 
Theatre in Dr. Lane, and with Name, at handiMi down te«&b^ 
but very UttlB'SQcce&-^The£< himfelf m m Calatogu* of hm 
ditor of Wtnno^t Scan^krbegy Works. 

feen!^ !& a PeeliKe to tkatPlay^ €KjbONoini»T0H«»o«9ii«s*. 
tq g}«iiiCQ ft Hint of fooaei un^ A Moek Tragw. \s^ HMnyOtrr^ 
genteel BchiTionr mUtiLMb^ 8vo. 1734^ ifted with Sikcafr attt 
v«ltfolUfiidtok;-^Butan£t it th« Lmbi Theiti is ^wr Hfef* 
imlikncriin>ytltatDlfiqa|Mintment ffmrjka. 

os.OfiftSide, is fbnactifflertheOD- Chvc k^ qc <Ac SdaoolEvft €» 
cafionof InjnAtcetowaaditlieo- per4t i7$6, — Tkie Pioee ii e«« 
thier, I cannot think the Reality af . tanmdy puerile, yet dm Author 
tlurikdaiikioBtsthitCa&feani ot Bditor haa tfaonght peoMr 


ptfftftly antfmntleiibed. ta fmlt Mfi (SUnfitHmu&ta 

Jk G ■ n I a T X A M Tvait'o CieixxA avb G^osiiiwa^ 

TvftiBy or, tUtr^atlofunstid or Xmv vtAmi, Tnigl-Gofli, kyri 

XkiafAi rfiitmt Jktmus. Fhatm ?%*. £(iKmMB.'**^Tfcis ik ftone^. 

WA&n 4m^Da«»xk«i^. Trag. in two Pbys, the.firftof whidav 

net ^vidc4 into Ads, 4(0. 10»2* was writtca atTurnr, aboot 1650^ 

«— 'The Story^ la taken ftom an aai the kcoak 9^ Whnme^ i»' 

Aeceunt of the Ovcrdtrow of 1651.— The Scene of botli.Pieet»> 

thoie twa Pirates^ by Antkmv lies ta Lmkardfs and tlie Cfaa«^ 

Barker, 4to. 1609. ra£tef» of jSmaieoi^ Ehtchisf aai' 

Gnai&TMA8, £m Maffue, by /^Wntt, ^Bcm Copies of ^d^dfM&r, 

Bfr Jknfm, pre&nted at Coar^ A<taifet9U^A£egg^^l!tnntikcGfvmit 

ii>T6. (jrrw, Pait I. Book 3*. 

CnanvMias OaDiHAitT. A The CiDt. Ti-agi-^CoOK bf 

prHcate Shewi^ wherein is expvef* ^^ififh Rut§er,^mTh^i Playta al&- 

fed the jovial Fteedom of tiiat in* two Pafts, both prmtedr im 

Feftivai> aded at a Cendcmon's lamo. tiic Mk in 16)^ the £b» 

Honie ameng other Rercfe, r^s. coiid iit t^4o.«^-Thif ate Traof^ 

•-^Thia Piece is wntteti by a laiionsat laege^ and with feai» 

Gendaman who war Maftei of Ahcmions oftke edabiatedGxov 

Aets, and iafig^ with the Let- ofCtnuiV/fyaBdwerenndertakeOy 

te<» & . W. the firft at the Resell of the B. 

• C«tnT*s fUstftoN; X'^ ofiDofJit, to «(^Mle Son the An*. 

hfG4f, Smidfiy %vQ, i640.-«This thor was Tutbr^ and the lecond 

CI cr 

hf the Command of K. elkm-ZHh ' >*« ^%W, in C. JihnfiH'y 

mAo. wks'fo well fatisfied with the Country Lajfa,^-^ Vixt: hthn has 

ficft Tranflation,^ as to order the alio introduced into this Play a 

fifcoad Part to be put into Mr. great Part of the Inner Teikpli- 

Rutter*t Hands for the fame Pur- Mnfnit, by MiMet&m, 

pofc. The CiT T La«y, or Fo/^r^ 

• Gi N N A V Con 6« I ft A c Y . Tr. claimed, Com% by T/w. i)/7jkr, 410, 

Anonym, aaed in L/W«/«*i./im. 1697;— Scene <2««*ffr^A». 

/%«^ 4to. i7K3..-.^The Scene The City Madam^ Corn- 

Rome, — Plot from the lloman by Maffinger, 4X0. ^658. — This 

Hiftory. is an excelimt- C^medy^ nor cap 

«€iRci. Dram. Opera^ by Dr. there perhaps be ihewn a more 

Cba, D'Avenanty 4to. 1677 j a£ted perfed Knowledge of the Diipofi- 

yfith confiderable Applaufe. — tion of the human Mind, than is 

Prologae by Dfyden, Epilogue by apparent in the Behaviour of the 

I«rd Rachefter, and thtf Mufic by ^^7 ^^Y *"<< ^^^r two Daughters, 

BanmJIer, •«- The Scene lies in ta the Huiband's Brother, who is 

'Taurica Cher/onefus, and the Plot unfortunately fallen into Diftrefs/ 

ix boirowed from poetical HiAory, and is become a Dependant on the 

vir. OvnTs Metam. Book 14. Family.-— The Plot, the Bofinefs^ 

Boccteey Nat, Comes, &c. the Conduct and the Language of 

•Citixj:i9 ti7rn*oGirtl»- the Piice^wc alk ib admirable^ 

MAN. Fid, MAMAMoucnx. that it. would- need very little- 

The CiTY Bk ij) E, ofy the Ahtratfioir' to bring it on- thr 

mmyCu&h/d, Com. by yof, Har- Lift of our moft pleahng acting 

r«, 4to. 1699.— /This Play is Plays. 

borrowed almoft entirely from The City Match. Com. 

H^^fier'^CtrefiraCutkoUy fere- by Jafper Matne, D. D. — Thta . 

ral whole Scenes being the fame, P^y ^vas prefented before the 

b^t ^led by the.preieqt tranf-' K. and Q^at fVhitebaU, in 1639, ' 

poier, Ui that Its Succeis was but and there is; an Edition of it in^ 

▼rry iadiffeseal. ; Folio theiame Year^ and another^ 

.The GiTY Fas CI, 1737. Of in 4tOk 1643, but no correa one 

thiis I know nothing more than earlier than that at Oxford 1659. 

the Name* -—The Scene lies in London, and 

, The € 1 T- Y G A t'L A N n. it has^ been, efteemed as a -very. 

Wirf. Gree^n^s Tu QUOQU*. good Comedy. 

.The City Hejxkss, or Sir .The> City Night Caf, or 
*2hHotby Treatall, Com. by Mrs; Cred-quod b.ibn & babet. Com,' 
Behn,^to. 1692."— This Play was by R06. Davenport^ 4to. London^* 
well received, but is in great 1 66 1 .v— This PJay met with very 
Meafure a Plagiarifm, Part of it good Succefs^ The Plot ► of Le- 
tting borrowed itom'MfddUun' s renxo, Pb//ippo 9Sid jAJietm a; is" 
Mad World wt^ Maften, and Part taken. tVom the Curious tm^rti' 
from Maffingers Guardian, — mm in Don Quixote, and that of 
Ffom the Chara6ler of £ir Timo' Ludvuicof^Fravcifto and Dorotbea, ■ 
th^Treatall, and that of Middle- . in..which the new married Lady 
/oa'j. Play from which it was is .i^. to do Homage to hcr.Huf-- 
taken^ • colle£led together,, majr baud's Night Cap, which Mr.,- 
ho deduced the Origin cf ^e Sir Ravenproft. haa alTo introduced 

i •: . . * - . , .. _ . . - . iiki^A 

C £ C L 

%Jt6 his LotiJdn CuckoUs, is Sor- my infcrtlng it in this Plhce. \ \ 

Towcd from Boccacii Decameron, CLARicitLA. — Tragi-Cdrif. 

T>ay7. Nov. 7. by Tbo, kiHtgrnv. —This Pla^ 

City Politics. Com, by was written dt ^ow* about 165^, 

y. Crown, ^to, 1683. — This Play and is dedicated by the Audi<5r 

wai a very fcrerc Satire upon the to his Sifter the Lady Shannon. 

Whig Party then prevailing ; yet Cl i a r t k s . An Ital . Opera*, 

has the Author vindicated him- 8vo. 17x6. —The Scene lies in 

felf in ills £piille td the Reader, Denmari, and it is dedicated t» 

of what . had been laid to his the Ladies of Grfat Britain, by 

Charge, *»'«. thathc had intend- the Cav. Nicolini Grimaldi ; but 

ed^a perfonal Abufe On a certain who is the Author of it feems 

eminent Serjeant at Law and his not to be by that fufBcicntly dc- 

Wife, under the Characters of termincd. 

5far/«7» and L«c/«<iz, and a Doftor Cleomenes, or the Spartan 

nndtr Xhttoi Paneby, Hero, hy Dry den, 4to. 1592.'—^ 

The City Ramble, or the This Play, notwithftanding the 

Thyhoufe fFeddin^, Com. by Set- Mifreptcfentations of it by Dry- 

tie, 4to. 1699. — 't'he two firft ^«^ Enemies at Court, was afted 

'Speeches of this Play arc talcen with great Applaufe. — The Plot 

from Beavmcnt and Fietcher*s oi it is profeflTedly taken froip 

Knights of tie Burning FJiU^ and Phtarch, but improved by the 

much throughout the whole Addition of Cajfandra'% Love for 

rtece from . the Coxcomb of the Chomenes, and the giving him jt 

fame Authors. fecondWife — The Scene lies iji 

A City Ramble, or the Alexandria and the Port of that 

Humours of the Compter, Farce, by City — and to the Addition in 

CbM» ^iM/tf, Svo. 1715.— — The iamb. 1717, is prefixed the Life 

N^me of this Farce is fufficient of Qleomenes, 

to point out its Subjcft. Cleone. Trag. hy' R.Dodf' 

The City Wit, or the TPo. ffy, 8vo. 1758.— The Plotof thjis 

fnan wears the Breeches » Com. by Iftay is not founded on any Hi- 

Ricb» Broome, 8vo. 1654. — The ftory, yet the Circumftance 6( 

Prologue is a mixture of Profe and Siffroy*s giving his Friend dircc- 

Verfe. tions concerning his Wife, feen^s 

CLAvo'iys Tiberius Nk- to favour fomcwhat of Pc^Awwttrs 

no, Rome'i ^^aif^ Tyrant (the Orders in Cynd>eline, The lalt 

Tragedie of) truly represented out of A^s containing Cleone* ^ Madnefs 

the fureji Records of tbofe Times, over her murder'd Infant, are 

4to. 1 617. — Dedicated to the wrought to the higheft Pitch, aiid 

rigbk ivorjinpfuj Sir Arthur Man- received every advantage they 

^ring {Sonne and Hey re unto Sir could^ poilibly meet with, from 

"Ceorge Mannering, of Eithfield the inimitable Performance of 

' in the County of Saip^) Carver unto Mifs J^^i/tfim;, to whofe peculiar 

Prince Henry bis Grace, This Merit, in this Part, it would Jc 

Play I have never fecn, ftoi* is it doing InjuiHce not to pay ^that 

in any of the Catalogues that I Tribute in this Place, which the 

' Itnow, yet Mr. Coxeterin his MS. moft judicious Audience jn t]^ 

Notes, has it under this ample World, vi9» that of Jjmdon, H- 

■and p^ticular Title, which is forded her during a long and cirow^- 

fiikely a fttffident Authority for ed RUn'of the Piece. Annexed 



to this Tittgeiy is »n Ode «ntit)i- of ShMfear% -dniakes Twk&x, 

led Mlpomenty which do^s Ho- in the ^Taming of a Strew. — yacoi 

nour tb its Author. has mentioned a Farce of the 

Cleopatra. Tnig. hy S^« fame Title, amon^ JBulUck's 

psttiei, Svo. 159$* — ^This Play Is Works ^ but as U is of the faole 

founded on the Story o{Cleepatra0 Date nearly, and he has faid the 

in Tktarcb^s Lives of ^nrib^fl^and fame of tha^ which I have reU- 

'Pomp^, and on a little frenth ted of this^ 1 imagine it mail bs 

Bo^ of which we haveaTranf- the fame PIece> <MiIy repuhUihed 

lation by Mr. Otvfoy, intituled, by Bullock t whofe Property^ as 

^ JJifloty of the tbne Trutmvi- Manager 0/ the Theatre, It Aight 

rates, —This Tragedy was vc^y happen to be. i 

much efteemed in its Time, and .The Coblek*s Opzra. A- 

there is an Edition of it in 1623^ Aonym. Svo. 1709, afted inXi«» 

in which the Author has made coWs'lnti^Fields, — Ofthislknow 

various Alterations greatly to its no more than the roentioa in 

Advantage. — Scene iii Alett^ Coxeter^s MS. Notes. 

andritx. The Cobler*8 Prophxct. 

Cleopatra Q^^or Egypt, Com. by Roi^TTilfon, 4X0. 1594. 

"her Tragedy, \>y Tbo, Ufay^ i6i6, — Of this no more than the 

This 18 upon the f«ne Story wUh Name it mentioned by aay of the 

the foregoing, and the Authored- Writcis. 

therwiUi an Intent of ihewing Q6z li a, ov the perjured Lgver^ 

his Learning orhxs Candour, has Trag. by Ch,,yohnfoft, Svo. 173a. 

tbroughouty quoted in the Margin, This Play has much of the P.i- 

the Hiftorians from whom he {hos in it, and m^ be coafidered 

took the Story, viz. Plutarth^ as very £ir from a b^d Piece, yet 

t>Mnt!q/puSj Suetonius, Straho znd in the ^eprefentation ati^. Ltf«tf 

JlJB^iVir.-— He has befides, borrow- it met with no Succds. 

«d icveral other Embellifliments, Coelum BRITA^NICUM. A 

^rticularly CaUitnacbus's Epigram Mafgue, by *rbo, Cartw, 4to, 

upon 77m6n, and an Annotation 1634. This Mafque was writti^ 

on the antient Lybian TfyllSt cc- at thej)articular Commando^ the 

lebrated fbr^ curing the venemous Ring, -and performed by his Ma- 

bounds giving by Setpents, by jefty and the Nobles, at the Brnth- 

tuckiflg the Pkce. The S^ene autting Houfe at Whitehall, on 

^E^pt, February 1%, 1633.— The Bec9- 

CloTILDa. itaL Opera, (pile- rations were hy Jtrigo Jones, and 

rented at the Theat. inthei%- th^Mufic by ff . Unues. This 

marktit "^vo. 1709. — Scene Piece was for fome Time a fcrib^ 

Cdfittle, to Six Wm. Damennnty thro^Mif- 

TheCiovDS. Com. byXrw/i take, which Miftake has h*ec;n 

^tUohndldt lamo. 171 5. — This continued fo far as to the Fol. £- 

^lay was not intended /or ^he dition of Sir IT;'* Works, 

Stage/ but is only a TranHation The CoFj'EE-ttou*i. Com. 

tidth Notes from ^jgg^«. ly the Hev. Ja, mikr^ ^v«. 

, Clubmen. ^TJL Wits. #1737. Dr, .Lom, —This Piece 

TheCdiitlcit OP Paeston. Aitt witli no ICiad^of Succei^, 

Yitoct(ffi A^, hytha.'JobnfMtf from a Suppdfition,"how juft-I 

Ivo. 1716. —'The ' Mot of this •csuiBOtpretciid to determine, 4hft 

TicctrH^ftMifiM^^ Ihe Biltei^y Ifisu fsimif miA hit Pti^piter 


who k^ Diei*t Cofffee - HotfTe Ttmffle's, Sarlacit and t^awtri'Mi*% 
near TempU-Bary and were at that Hiftorics.— — sThis Tragedy was 
Time celebrated Toafts, together never^ a^ed^ but . is commended 
with iererai Perfans who fre- in moft extravagant Termsi in two 
quented that Houfe, were intend- Copies of Verfcs prefixed tolt. 
ed to be ridiculed by the Author. The Combatb-of Catfs. 
•—This he abfoluteiy denied as A Mafque^ 1582. r— This Piece 
being his Intention \ when the is very fcarce^ I have never icen 
Piece sjcame out, however, the it, nor did either Langhaine or 
Engraver who had been em- Jaech, by both of wnom it is 
ployed to compofe a Fronti^iece, mentioned without either ^u- 
having inadvertently fixed on thor*s Name or Date, but the Au- 
that very Coffee-houfc for the thor of the ^r»r^ T^^Mfr^ appears 
Scene of his Drawing, the Tern- to have known it better, fince in 
piers, with whom the above-men- that Work alone I find it with 
tioned Ladies were great Favo- the old Spelling and Date I have 
rites, became^ by this Accident, here put to it, and which from 
£0 confirmed in their Sufpicions, the Air of Originality that appear 
that they united to damn this in them, I have thought proper to 
Piece, and even extended thei^ adopt. 

Kefentments to every Thing The Combat op Lovs akd 
which was fu^pe^led to be this Friendship. Com. by Dr. 

Author's, for a confiderable Time Rob, Mead, 4to. 1654. ^Thts 

after. Play was prefented during the 

CoF'Fi E-Hovsz. Vtd, Author's Life Time, by the Gen* 
Knavsry in all Trades. tlemcn ciS Cbrjfi Cinirch Coltedge 

The Coffee-house Poli- Oxford, hMt was not publifhed 
T 1 c I an, ox the jfufiice caught in till after his Deceaic. 
bis own Trap, Com. hy H, Field- The Comedy of Ekkors^ 
ing, 8vo. 173a. — This Play4ias^ hyW, Sbakejptare, Fol. 1685.— 
no very great Share of Merit, yet This Play is founded on the 
was performed Mrith tolerable Sue- M^enecbm of Plautus, but greatly 
cefs at the Little Theatre in the exceeds the Original. — The Con- 
Haymarket, fufion produced by the Refem- 

Cor F E E-HO vsx P o L I T I- blance of the two AntipboliC% and 
CI AN* ^</. Generous Hus- the two PrwwVs, Is truly comic, 
BAND* and whenever the Piece is pre- 

CoFFEt-HOUsc Polxti* fcn^, which indeed is but fel- 
CiAN^. Vid, Usurpers. dom, from the Difficulty of 

CoLA*« Fury, or Lyrenda^t matching Performers to the Parts, 
Mifery. Trag. by Hen, ourkhead, as well as to each other, is con- 
■4(0. i64c^*-The SubjeA of this flantly found to ktrep up the At- 
Play, is tne Irift> Rebellion which tention of an Audience, and give 
broke out in me Year 1641 ; apd them great Delight. 
the principal Perfonages who had The Comical Gallant, 
any Concern in the Tranfa^ious luith the Anours of Sir John Fal- 
of that Time, are dilHnguifhei iVaff. — Com. by y. Dennis, 4to, 
under FiAitious Names, w«. D. 1702. — The Scene of this Play 
• €»f th- mm d, CySri^i Sir Jobn Bor- lies in fVindfor Park, and the 
lace, Berofut, Sec, asmaybeeafi- To^n fii Windfir, and the piece 
ly diibovertd by fefetraig to is no other than a very indifferent 



Alteratidn of Shakefptare\ Merry the Rcftbration, and was intended 
ff^ves of IVindfor, to which is ad- to throw an Idea of the utmoft 
dcd a large Account of the Tafte Odium on the Round-head Party 
in Poetry, and the Caufesof the and their Proceedings. — The Piece 
Degeneracy of it. has no great Merit as to the 

The Comical Hash. Com. Writing, yet from the Drollery of 
by the Duchefs of Newcaftle, Fol. the CharaAer of Teaguty and the 
1662. ftrong Pifture of aWurd Fanati- 

TheCoMiCALLovERS. Com. clfm mingled with indecent Pride, 
by C. Cibberf 4to. 17 12, afted drawn in thofe of Mr. Day, Mrs. 
by Subfcription at the Slueen*s D^, and ^^7, it even- now, that 
Tbeat, in the Haymarht, — This is every Spark of Party Fire, as to 
one of the moft indifferent of this that Part of the Eftg/ijb Hiftory, 
Author's Pieces, and is indeed re- is sbfolutely extindl, has efta- 
markable for nothing but a Tag bliflied itfelf as a ftandard a^ing 
to one oftheA^ls, which feehis Comedy, and conftantly gives Plea* 
pointed at the Parting of Monefes fure in the Reprefentation. 
and Arpafia inTatnerlaMf and is a The Committee Mam 
humourous Picture of many fuch curried. Com. in 2 Parts, by 

parting Scenes in fome of our ^< Sbeppardt 4to. 1^47. A 

Lovefick Tragedies. Piece dif covering the Corruption of 

The Comical Revenge, or. Committee Men tf«i/ Excife Men ; 
hvue in a Tub, Com. by Sir Geo, the unjufl Sufferings of tbe^Koy^ 
Etberidge, 4to. 1669. — This Party j tbe ceviljtfh Hypocrify of 
Comedy, tho^ of a mixt Nature, fome Roundheads ; the Revolt for 

fome of it being ferious and writ- Gain of fome MiniOers. JV#f 

ten in Heroic Vtti^^ and by no nvitboutpleaf ant Mirth and Variety, 
means equal to the comic Parts — Thefe two Plays have much 
of it, yet has generally fucceeded more Zeal than Wit, yet at the 
very well upon the Stage, and met fame Time are the moft barefac'd 
with univerfal Approbation ; yet Plagiaries, there being fcarcdy a 
to the Honour of the prcfpnt Pieceof Sir ya&« 5irci//Ws either 
Tafte, this, and feveral other ad- in Profe or Verfe, which has cf- 
mirably written Pieces have been caped the Plunder of this dramatic 
for fome Time paft lai^ afhle, on Pirate, exclufive of what he has 
Account of the Loofenefs of fome borrowed from the ift and 3d Sa- 
of the Chara£lers and Expreflions; tires oijwvenaly as tranflated by 
Wit, feeming in this Age, not to Sir Rob, Stapleton, 
be confider'd as a fufficient Protec- TheCoMMONs Condition. 
tion for Libertinifm, which was Com. Anonym. 1676. — Of this 
too much the Cafe at the Period nothing more than the Name is 
in which this Author wrote. mentioned in any of the Cats- 

Co m i c A L Rival. Pld, logues. 

School Boy. A Commonwealth op 

Com I c A L Transporma-- Women. Tragi-Com. by T. 

tion. Pld, Devil op a Durfey, 410. i656. — This Play is 

Wipe. borrowed from Fletcher* s Sea 

The Committee, or Faith- Voyage, and is very indifferently 

ful Irijbman, Com. by Sir Rob, executed. — The Scene Ccveut 

Howard, Fol. 1665. — '^^^^ ^O" Garden, 

xnedy was writtca not long after The Compromise. Com. by 

. Mr. 


Mr. Sfurmy, 8vo, 1732, a£^ei at their HuAands, well conceived 

the Thcat. Roy. in L/wo/«V//T«- and admirably executed. — In«a 

Fiflds, Word, it may perhaps juftly be 

Com us. A Mafquc, by Dr. efteemcd the r/fe^^fOw/w of this 
Dakortf 8vo. 1739. — ^This Piece witty and ingenious Author, 
is a very judicious Alteration of , The Confederates. A 
MiltorC% Mafque at l.udlcno Caftle, Farce, by Jofepb Gay, 8vo. 1717. 
wherein it is rendered much more —This Piece is written in Rhyme, 
fit for th^ Stage by the Introduc- and altho* the Name put to it is a 
tion of many additional Songs^ fi^itious one, contains a confider* 
moft of riiem Milton^ own, of able Share of Humour. It is a - 
Part of tht Allegro of the fame very feverc Satire on a Farce writ- 
Author, an'd other PaflTages from ten in Confederacy, by the three 
his different Works, io that he great Geniufes P<fe, Caf and Ar^ 
has rather reftor'd Miltm to him- butbttot, called Tbree Hours after 
felf than altered him. — It met Marriage^ which juftly met with 
with great Applaufe, and the efti- univerfal Difapprobation. — The 
mabie Author daring the Run of real Author of this Farce (which 
it, fought out a Daughter of the was never a£ted) was Capt. yobn 
immoital Bard, who was at that Durant Brevai, whon|. on this 
Time in mean Circumftances and Account Mr. F<^e has thought 
greatly advanced in Years, for proper to laih, as he did every 
whom he procured a Benefit from o^^c whom he either difliked or 
this Piece, which produced her feared, in the DundaJ, 
upwards of no pounds ; nor be it The Con r l y c t e or Co k« 
forgpttcn to the Honour of Mr. scyence, A Paftoral, by NatB, 
Gam'ck^ that about ten Years ago ^oods, 4to. 1581. This is one 
he conferred the fame Obligation of the early dramatic Pieces form- 
on one Mrs. Fojfir, who was Gran- ed on moral Subje^. — I know 
daughter to the original Writer of not whether it was ever publickly 
this Mafquc. performed, but was intended to be 

Conceited Cuckold, prefented in private Families, for 

P7{f, Politic Whoke. which Purpofe, the AAors Names 

Conceited Pedlar. Fid^ are divided into fix Parts, in fuch • 

Aaisi'ippus. Manner, that all the Characters 

Conceited Travellers, may be performed by fix Per- ^ 

r?^. Careless Lovers. fons only. 

The Confederacy. Com. The CoNNoissEtrR, Com. ' 

by Sir Jobn Vanburgb, 4to. 1705. by Cono/Zj^, 8vo. 1734. — - This 

—This is a very pleafing Comedy Play is intended to anfwer the 

and full of Bufinefs ; the Cha- fame Kind of Porpofes ol Ridi- 

ra^ers are natural, and altho* cule with SbaduKll's Vtrtatfot and 

there may feem fomewhat im« Footers Fsrce of Tafie, but is but 

probable in the Affair of i)/Vi( and indifferently executed, and met 

jirafsf yet, as many ftrange Things with very middling Succe6. 
are undoubtedly done in the For- The Con q^u est or ChinA^ 

tune Hunting Scheme, it can by the Tartars. Trag. by E, Ste» 

fcarcely be deemed impoflible ; f/p, 4to. 1676. — This Play is writ- 

the Language is pieafing, and the ten in Heroic Verfe, and the Plot 

Plot of the two Wives againfl founded on Iliftory, which may 

£2 U 



he fcca fcy refering to y^unt The Conscientious Lo* 

i'.oj'mtig, Palmfax'% Coaqudt oi vers. Com. — Of this nothing. 

China, &c. x ' > more feems to be known tl^an 

CoNq,uKSTOFF«ANCK,^^. that there his been fuch a Play, 

Henry V. and that it was written in fome 

CoNqvEST or Granada. Part of the feventeenth Century. 

Tpttg. in two Partsy^ by y, Dryden^ The Con scious Lovers. 

410.1678. Theiie two Plays met Qom. hy Sir Richard SteeU, %so, 

with great Succei^ when per- 17U. — The general Detign of 

formed, on whicK Accottiit, a;i it this celebrated Comedy is taken 

ihould feem, Lrnng^aine, who is from the Andria of 'Tcrtr.ct^ but 

ever ftroagiy prejiidiced againft the Author*s principal (mention 

this Prince iSEngliJb Poets, has in the Writing it, was, as he 

tat' en amating Pains to point out himrfeif informs us, to introduce 

how m«u:h he faae borrowed for the very fine SceiK in the 4th A£t 

the forming of thefe Pieces^ from between young Brv/7 and Aiyrf'^t 

the celebrated Romances of ^m0- which i^ts forth in a ftrong 

iij0, Grand Cjrits, Ibrahim, and Light, the Folly of Duelling, and 

Cuxman. — YttC iurely this £nvy the Abfurdity of what is falfely 

was entirely ujHleceffiury, fince as called the Point of Honour ; and 

the Plot of tbe Pi«ce if built pn. in this particular Merit this Play 

Hiilory,icihduld rather be eileeilt- would probably hav« ever flood 

ed. as a Merit, thta » Blemiik m foccanfty had not that Sobjed 

the Author^ that he haiy like as beeof fiace more amply and com- 

induftrious Bee, coikded his pleatly treated by the admirable 

ficmey ffom tli the choiceft Author of Sir darUs Grandifin, 

Flowers which adorned the Field in the Affiur between that trueiy 

he was traverfiAf^ whether the accompUihed Gentleman and Sir 

more cultivated^ones of ferioos, er Hargrav* PoHexfen, Fid, Sir Cba. 

the wilder of romantic Hiftory.-*i» Grandifou, Vol. i. and 2. 

They arc, however, writtenrin ar The Conspiracy. Trag. by 

Meaner fodiflTerent from thepre.! Hemy KiUigreW, ^X^, 163S, This 

fent l^afte^ that they here betA Piece was intended for the ^nter- 

loHglaid afide. tainment of the King and Queen 

CowQjir*ST tfF Ire LAND, at Tcri Houfe, on Occafion of the. 

tnJt RotA'L FiiOHT. Nuptials ofLordC6a. //if r^r with 

Con q.v est of Mcatico. Lady Mary ViUiers ; and was af- 

Vid% Indian EnrrsRoie. terwards aOed on the Black Fry- 

The CoN<tvEST or Spain, arj Stage.— It was written at 17 

Trag. Anonym; 410. 17)05, a£led Years of Age, and the Commen- 

mt thi^ Sh,\ Tbem, in the ffejr*- datioii beftowed on it by Bm 

DMr^/.-^ene Sfain, yen/on and Lord Falkland, created 

The CofN<^VEST or the the Author fomeJEnvy among his 

GoifOSN FiEEOB. Opera, by Coteitiporarics. —The Edition a- 

Angelo Qori, fvo, 1^38, perform- bovementioned is a furreptitious 

,C(^'at the Theatre in the Hay- one, publiflied while the Author 

market, -^Tht. Plot is founded on was Abroad, and without his 

the Story ofyafott, and the Scene Confent or Knowledge. He af- 

lic5 parti/ in the Palace of C&aAcj, terwards, however, gave the 

and partly in the contiguous Wood World a more genutne one in 

cottfecrated to Mars. Fol. 16535 but was fo mu^h 



aftamed of this firft Edition that on this OpinioOy which I think 

to pretent its being known to be muft do Honour to the Author, 

the fame Piece, he altered the vix, that Aich a general Belief 

Najne of it to P^Jhntus and Eudo- could arife from nothing but that 

ra, which therefore I would re- Refemblance, which muft have 

commend to the Reader. — The been apparent to thofe who khew 

Scene lies in Crete, him, between him and thefe ele- 

The CoNSPiRACT, or (be gant and pleafing Chara£^ers. — *• 

Change of Government, Trag. by For it is fcarcely to be imagined, 

Hlfitaker, 4to. i68d. — The Play that a Man of the generous, open, 

is written inRhime, the Prologue familiar, and diflipated Caft of 

composed by Ravenfcrofi, and the CharafbrthatfuchaRefemblance 

Scene lies in Turkey, implies him to have been, could 

CoNSP iRACY andTrttgedy of be fo much of an Egotift, as in- 

Charles Duke of Byron, Marital tentionally to make himielf the 

of France. Two Plays, by Geo, principal in every Piece he fent 

Chapman, 4to. i6o8.-^-Thefe two into the World j and yet it is. 

Pieces are both founded on Hi- perhaps, fcarce 'poflible for any 

ftory, and their Plots may be Writer who is to draw Characters 

ieen in the reading of Mexeray, in real and familiar Life, not to 

D^Aviia, and other of the French throw into that which he intends 

Hiftorians on the Reign of Henry to render moil amiable and im* 

IV. oi France, portant, fo much of his own 

The CoNSPiKATORS. A Tra- Principles, Opinions, and Rules 

gi-comic Opera, as it was a£led in of Action, as to render a Refem- 

England and Ireland without Ap- blance very apparent to thofe who 

plaufe, 8V0/1749. What the are familiar with his Complexion 

Subject or Intent of this Piece is, of Mind and general turn of Cha- 

I am unacquainted with, as I have rafter. — Of this we have numc- 

never feen It, and fron\ its Date, reus Inftances, in Writers of o- 

find it in no other Lifl but of the ther Kinds than the dramatic ; 

Britijb Theatre j but am apt to Jofefh Andrews, Tom Jonex, and 

believe it has feme political Capt. BoOth, have been ever ac- 

Meanlng from its Title, and its^ knowledged as the Charafters of 

sever having been performed. their ingenious Author j nor can 

The Con s t an t Co u p l e, or any one deny a Similarity between 

a Trip to the yuhilee. Com. by Sir Cha, GranJifon and his eftiroa- 

C Farqubi&, 4to. 1700. — This ble Author: and to conclude the 

is a very genteel, lively, and en- Objpervation, I cannot think it 

tertaining Piece ; it met with improbable, that were we clofely 

^eat Succefs at its firft Appear* to examine the Comedies of the 

ance, and is always well received latter half of the 17th Century, 

whenever it is reprefented. It we might find out in their Heroes 

hais been faid that the Author in and Heroines the genuine Portraits 

his principal Charafter of Sir of the Behnsy Durfey's^ JVycher- 

Harry fVildair, meant to prefent /py*x, and Centlivre^s of thofe Pe- 

the Public with his own Portrait riods of Gallantvy and Licentiouf- 

-—but as the fame has alfo been nefs. — The Part we have been' 

furmifed with Regard to his Capt. fpeaking of, is in itPelf very el^- 

Flume, and his young Mirabel, I gant, but -the peculiar Merit pf 

caaoot help malting oae Remark Mr»}yilkes'%n thePjitfqrmancepf 

^Z it. 

c o 

it, has certttinly be«fl kitherto an- 
equailled | ntT Can thitte he a 
ftionger Pfjof of itj than its hat- 
irg becrt fo ffcqtfefitly lihcc per- 
formed by Woffjeii, where a Par- 
tiality to the Setj might b^ urged 
to excttfe foflie Httlc Deficiency 
in Point of Execution. 

Const AKTiNf. Trag. by 
PbiL FrdHcit, 8vo, I754. C*vent 
0«r</.-*-Thi« Piece met with very 
hiid Succtffs, aitho' not by many 
Degrees th€ worft of the Produc- 
tions of that Seafon, 


or the Irai^tdy ofLtA/tf by N, Lte, 
jiio, 1684. — The Scene of thit 
Play ii laid in Rcwif and the Plot 
founded on real Hiftory, for which 
fee various Hiftorians of the Life 
of that Emperor, and particularly 
Jtmmittnus MarallinuSy by whom 
the Story of Crifpus and Ttmfin is 
very circumftantially related. 

The Constant Lady. Vid, 
Cenerous Freimason. 

The Constant Maid, or 
iw-r Kioillfinde out the fVay. Com, 
byj^tf. Shirley y 4to. i66r. — ^Thc 
grcateft Part of this Play is bor- 
rowed from others, particularly 
the Circumftance of HardtOclFs 
courting the Widow Bellamy by 
the Advice of his Friend Flay f air \ 
which, altho* the Bafis of a'il the 
principal Bufinefs of the Piece, 
has been made Ufe of in many 
Comedies both antlent and mo- 
iSern.— It was before printed with 
the laft Title alone, and the Let- 
\txt T. B. as Author, 4to. 1640. 

The Constant Nymhi, or 
Iki Rambling Slepkitd. A PaftOriK 
Anonym. 4to. 1678^— This Piece 
was written by a Perfom of Q^ali- 
tV-, who tells txi (as moft AtithorA 
whofe Pieces do Jiot fiiCcef^d, are 
deiircQS of finding out any other 
Caufc f6r tbeir Failure, than Want 
fcf Merit) that h f«ffe#'d moch 
thro* tiM MbOs tf fcniiig it of 


whtfn it cablt lipon the Stafe^ -^ 
The Scene is Lmcia in Arcadiai 
The CoMTENDiiro Pollies. 


or the ff^omait's Advocate, Cora, 
by Reuben Bourne, 4to. 1692. — 
Scene London, — This Play was 
never afted. 

The Contention be- 
PaoDioAUTiE. A pleafant Co- 
medie plafd before her MajeJHe, 
4to. ifo2. — ^ThisPiece is ano- 
nymous, but notl«fithftanding the 
Difference of Time, I am apt to 
belitve it to be no ikiore than an 
Enlargement and Improvement 
of a much older Piece, intituled, 
Liberalitie and Prodigalitie, a 
Mafque of much Moralitie, printed 
fo early as I5$9. *^ Yet whether 
this Alteration v^as made by the 
Author of the firft or not, I am 
entirely unable to detertnine* al- 
tho* as irpwards of forty Years 
had elapfed, I think it the more 
rational to liirmife i» the Ne- 

The Contention be- 
TWEEN York And Lancas- 
ter, toitb the tragical Death of 
the good Duke Hu M p h r y, fee, 
in two Parts 4to. 1600. — - Therfc 
is very little Difference between 
this and the fecond Part oiHinry 
VI. as Written by Shdiefpeare^ 

Contentions f«r'Honovb 
AND JR.ICHES. A Mafque, by 
Ja. Shirley, 4to. 1633, — This 
was originally no more than an 
Interlude or Entertaininent/ but 
v^as after\^ards enlarged by the 
Author to tfafe Bulk of a Coodedy; 
with the Title of ^mot/Vi and 

Contention fob the 
LaVrel. Fid, Battlb or 
the P^ets. 

Contention of Ajax 
A MS V&T88X8 for the Armour of 



AcbUles. -^Aq Ifit^tMe, tro< 
1659. — The Plan taken from the 
l;3th Book of Ov/d's Aiftamot' 

Contract bkoicxn* Vid, 
NojiL£ Spanish Sox>disr. 

The Contrivances, or 
more Wayi than one, A Ballad 
Farce, by Harry Carey, 8vo. 17 17. 
— This is a very entertaining 
I'iecei had very good Succefs at 
it's iirft Appearance, and fre- 
<)uently brings crowded Houfes to 
tiiis Day. 

The Convent op Plea- 
8URE. Com. by the Z)»fi&«/i of 
Ketvct^le, 1668. — This is one a- 
moDg many of the Pieces of this 
vohiininous Female Author, which 
have very feldom been performed, 
and perhaps ihuch feldomer read. 

Converted Twins. Vid, 
St. Cecily. 

. Converts. Vid* Par-* 

The Cottuit/or tbe.EngUfi 
€htH;ali*r, Com. hy Cba, MoIUyy 
%xo, 1718. — A^ed at the Theat* 
in Lin€0ln S'lnn-'Fieldi with great 

Co(iUET at her Wit's 
End. Vid, Impertinent 


TheCoQUET's Surrender, 
er ibi btthtor9u$ Punjier, Com. 
Anonym. 1731. •i— I know not 
whether this Play was ever a^ted 
cr not, < but by its not being to be 
found in any of the Catalogues, 
nor having ever fallen in my Way, 
I am apt to look on it as one of 
thofe half begotten Infants of the 
Mufes, which either fall fhort of 
Bxiflence by an abfohite Aborttoh^ 
•r at the beft expite as foon as 
bot-n, and have no other Remem- 
brance of their having been f uUy 
formed, btit tluit of the Groans 
which Attended 0n the brisgiiiig 
thcffi into the Worlds 


CoRINfRlAN QgeiN. Vtd, 


CoRiOLANVs. Trag. by W4 
Skakefpeare, 410* 1699. — The 
Plot of ti^s Play is taken from 
Hiftoryt w», from Plutarcb\ Life 
of Coriolanus, Livy , Dionyfiui 
Hidicam, See, — The Scene lies 
partly in Rmie, and partly in the 
Territories of the Vo/fcians,"^lt h^ 
an admirable Play, ind altho% 
as it will prefently be (hewn, many 
Attempts have flnce been made to 
alter it, as well as to form origi- 
nal Pieces on the fame Deftgn, 
yet none of thefe attempts have 
ef er equalled, or even approached 
to the Merit of the inimitable 
firft Author, 

CoRiOLANVS, the Invader of 
bis Country, or, the Fatal Refent' 
ment, Trag, by y, Dennis, 8vo. 
172O; This is one of the At- 
tempts above-mentioned \ but, I 
believe, fucceeded no otherwife 
than to bring the Author two or 
three Benefits and then drop into 

Cor lOL ANUS. Trag. by ya* 
Tbomfon, Svo. 1748.— This plea-. 
Hng Poet's principal Merit not 
lying in the dramatic Way,, and 
this, tho^ the laft, being far fron» 
the beft of his Works, even in 
that Way, I cannot pay any very 
exalted CoAipliments to the Piece* 
— Yet injuftice to the amiable 
Chara£tcr of its Author, I muft 
not avoid calling to Mind, in this 
Place, the grateful Tribute ijif 
Senfibility p^id to his Memory at 
the firft Reprefentation of it> 
^hich wai not till after his 
Death ; when on a Rec^itulation 
of his Lofs, in the Prologue hf 
Mr. S^tiin, in a Manner peculiarly 
aHe^ng, fcarcefy one dry By^wat 
to be feen in. the Audience, (o^^e^ 
neral was the Senfe fhewo of the 
Value of a good atiid mond Mam 



Caivs Mahcivs Coriola- by 71m. NoMcs, /^to. 1638. -— — 

Mus. An Ital. Opera, performed This Piece ^rat firft performed in 

at the KififsTbtat, in the iibjr- '6329 but was not printed till 

market, 8vo. 1723. the Time above-mentioned. The . 

. Cor lOL ANUS. ^'^. Ingra- Title implies where the Scene is 

TiTCDK of a Com mo n- laid, and I imagine it is a Re- 

wkalth. prefentatioa of the Humoors of 

The Cornish Comxdy^ by, that Place at the Period when it 

a Corni^ Attorney, 4to. 1696. —> was written, 

A£ted at the Theat. in Dorfet Covent Gardbn weeded, 

Cardem. ^^Sctna Cor awall, or fi&tf Middlefcx yuftice ofPeaa. 

The Cornish Squire. Com. Com. by Rich, Bromey 8vo. 1658. 

by Sir John yianburgb, Congrev* —By tbefe Titles it is OMntioned 

and IValJby 8vo. 170 1.— This is in Langhaine, and other Writers 

founded almofl entirely on the probably from him—- but 1 cannot 

Sieur Fourceaugnac of Moliere, help obferving that Mr. Coxeter 

Corona Minerva. A has altered the fird Title to ?!&« 

Mafque, by 1", Middletgn, 1634. fVecMng of Covent Garden ^ which 

— Of this Piece I find no men- I imagine he would not have 

tion any where but in Xht£ritijh done, without having feen the 

theatre. Piece fo entitled in fome Edition, 

The Coronation. Tragi- and has, moreover declared it to 

Com. by J. Shirley, Svo. 1653. be a pofthumous Work of this ce- 

*» This Play was printed in 4to. lebrated and voluminous Author. 

1640. as Beaumont and Fletcher s,_ The Covent Garden Tra- 

but as Shirley laid Claim to it, cxdy. Farce, by U, FieltSng, 

and the Writers feem generally gvo. 1733, Dr, Ltf«*. •— This 

to allo'AT of that Claim, I have is a burlefque, but not equal to 

here reftored it to his Name. -— ibme other Pieces of the fame Au- 

Scene Epirus, thor. — The Humours of Covent 

The Coronation OF Queen Garden, with Refpeft to Whores, 

Elizabeth, or, the Reftoration Gamblers and Bullies, being Sub* 

•^ the ProteJIant Religion, and the jeAs too low for Mock Tragedy. 

Downfall of the Pope, by W. R. Of the C u N c E L L s or 

4to. 1680. This was no more Bishops. A Com. by Bifliop 

than a Droll of 3 Acks, played J?«i!r.<— See his Lift in the Britifo 

at Bartholomew and Soutbwark Theatre, j^. X99. 

Fairs. The Counterfeit Bride* 

Corruptions OF the di- groom, or the defeated fVtdow% 

VINE Laws. A dramatic Piece, Com. 4to. 1677.— This is no Or 

meptioaed by Biihop Bale in the ther than Middlet^nU No Hit 

Catalogue of his own Works. like a Woman's, printed' with a 

The Costly Whor^. A new Title ; an Artifice to give 

comical HiUory, aAed by the the Appearance of Novelty, which 

Company of Revels. Aaonym. feems ta have been frequently 

4tov 1633. — This Piece is by pradtifed in thofc Times, but 

philips attributed to Roh, Mead \ which would not by any Mean^ 

but Langhaine feems firmly of O- pafs now, when the Highteft 

pinion that it is not his. —The Plagiary is immediately difcoverM 

Scene lies in Saxony, by tne piercing Eyes of our Stage 

CoTENT Ga&dxn, Oomt hunting Critics, bywhomrefem- 



blances are even fornned in tbeir wkh great Applaofe. The Scenef 

own Imaginations only^ (to the in London^ tnd EdmMton, 

Prejudice of real Merit) where no The Country House. A 

more than that general Sympathy Farce, by Sir^. Vanhurgby la*. 

of Conception which all Writers, 1704.— This is nearly aTnnfla- 

whofe Genius enables them to tion- fn>m a /Vinri Piece* 

fee Nature as ibe is, muft have Country Innocsnci, or 

with each other, can give Ground the CbambermMd tum'd Sluaker,"^ 

for their Accufations. Com. by yobn Leansrd, 4to. 1677. 

The CouNTXRFziTS. Com. -— This is a moft notorious Pl%- 

4X0. 1679, y, L^ffan/ has been giary, l>eing only Brewer^ s Cotm- 

fuppos'd to be the Author of this try Girl, juft mention^ reprinted. 

Play, which is very far from be- wit^i fcarceiy any DiiTw.*n<:e but 

ing a bad one.-'— The Scene lies in that of a new Title. « 

A^<^/V/.— The Plot is taken from Country Justicje* ^iA 

a Spunijh Novel, called the Tra- Perjuror. 

panner trapanned \ and Mr. Ctbhtr The Country LASflyOr 

has made ^eat Ufe of it in his tbt Cujhm of the Mdnnor, Com* 

Comedy of Shi weu*d and Jht by Cha, Johnfin, iimo. 1715.— 

noou'd not. This it a very bufy and entertain- 

The CouKTiss oir Escar- ing Comedy, and confifts of two 

B A ON AS. Com. by y, OtuIL -* feparate and indepcadeBt PIoOb, 

This is only a Tranilatioa frond one of which if boirowed from 

Moliert, and never intended for Fktektr't Ctfim wf the Cotmtiy, 

the Stage. the oth«r mm Mrs* CattUvrix 

The CoyNTlstof Per- City Heirefs, and what Ae ftole it 

br'^ke's Ivy Church, by ^- from, wx,Middl€tcH^i Mad ff^orld 

brabam Fraunce, 4to. I59i.~-At my Mafters,'^lt ilill ftande on tho 

thi« 14 in fome of the old Cata- Lift of aAing Plays, and is ever 

iogues fej. down as the Name of a fure to give Pleafure.— The Cha- > 

Play in two Parts, I could not 0- ra^er of Farmer FfeebeJd in par* 

mit a Mention of it in this Place, ticular, is admirably drawn, 

altho* it contains nothing drama- Covntay Miss with Htc 

tic, but one Piece in £«^/^ Hex- Furbeloe. — ^/i. OtD Mode 

ameters, called ./^/>ftf<*s Paftoral, anotheNew. 

and vfhkh is but a Tranflation of Country S(^uirb. Fid* 

Taffo^t Aminta, Love in a Wood. 

Country Beau." ^«/. De- The Couif try Wake. Com. 

viL UPON two Sticks. by Tit*. Z)<Jf^^> 4to. 1696.— -This 

Country Bumpkins. Fid, Play was a^d with. Applaufe* 

Betty. and has fince been reduced into 

Country Burt^i. Fid, a Ballad Farce, by the Name of 

Sylvia. Flora, or Hob in the fFeii, whi ch 

The CountrV Captain, is one of the beft Pieces of that 

Com. by the t)uk6 of Newcaftie, Kind extant. 

410.1649. — This Play is fuppofed The Country Wedding 

to have been written during his and Skimmington. A Tragi- 

Exile. comi-paftoral -farcical Opera. A- 

Thc Country Girl. Com. "nonym, 8vo. 1729, afted at />n»- 

by jintb, Brnuer, 4to. 1645.-— ty Lane. — This Piece is- only one- 

This Play was frequently a^ed long Scene on a Bank jiear tlis 



TWmet. Side ^t FuthaWf with 25 by Kiebafd Brome, afted at the 
Airs in it after the Manner of Cockpit in 1632. and printed Uvo» 
the Btggars Oj>fra, and wascom- 1653. 

pofed for the young Company to The Court Legacy. Baljad 
A(k in the Summer. Op. of 3 Afts, 8vo. 1732. Ano- 

The Country Wipe. Com. nym. never a^led. 
hy fTrth ff^cber/ey, 4X0, iSj^, — Court or Augustus Cje- 
This Comedy is next to the sar. ^</. GloriAna. 
PAi/n DtftfAr the bcft of this Au- Courtnay Earl of De- 
thor^s Pieces. — It contains great vonskir e, or the Troubks of^ 
Wit, high Charadler, and a man- Elizabeth. Trag. 410. Anonym. 
ly nervous Manner in the Lan- No Date. — This Play I find no 
guage and Sentiment, yet on Ac- Mention of but in Coxcterz Notes, 
count of the Loofeneis in the but it comprehends (according to 
Chtrader of «?«?«• and fomc o- the Title) a great Part of the 
thcr of the Parts, it has been for Reign of Q^ Mary, with the 
feme Time fet afide from Rcpre- Death of Jane Gray, 
ientation 5 more efpecially as the The Court' Secret. Tragi- 
Lofe of Mr. Sluiu from the Stage, Com. by Ja, Shirley, 8vo. 16C3. 

S'ves juft Grounds to fear we — This Play was never afted, but 
■11 not foon fee the Chara6ler was prepared for the Stage at BAw* 
«f Pinebwife fo well performed ts Fryars, Plays, being at that Time, 
it was by that great theatrical vi», during the Commonwealth, 
Mailer. Mrs. PtncHvifi (eemi in cntirelyinterdiOcd.— The Scene 
fcaQeAleafursborrcwedfromilftf*' lies at i(£idr7^. 
iiera Eco/e Jes Femmes. Court SHiP A-LA-MODt. 

The Country Wit. Com. Com. by David Craufurd, 4to, ' 
by J.Crowne, 4to. 1675. — This 1700. 

Pby conuins a great deal of low The Coxcomb. Com. • by 
Humour, but was a great Favo- BiaumMt and Fletcher, 4to. 1630. 

rite with K. Charles II. -Part —This Play has at Times been 

. both of the Plot and Language revived and a€ted with Succefs. , 
9Xt hottQmtA from M^iere's Sici' Craptie Cromwell, or 
/far, ou TAmouf Peintre, Scene Oliver ordering our re%o State, Tra- 
the Patl'Mall, in the Year 1675. gi-Com. — Wherein is difcovcred the 

The Covragiovs Turk, or traiterout Undertakings and Pro^ 
Amuratb I. Trag. by Tl>o, Gof, ceedingi ^ the faid Nol and his It- 
4to. 1632.— 'The Plot from the veiling. Crew j written hy Mercw 
Hifturies . oi the Turkifi Empire, rius Melancholicus, ,and printed in 
in. the Reign of Amuratb, 4to. 164S. It confifts of five 

Court and Country, or very ihort Afts, and at the End 
the Changelings, Ballad Opera, of each A^ a Chorus enters. — 
8fo. 1743. — This Piece was ne- This Play under the above Title, 
vcr intended for the Stage> but is and with the fame Account, is 
only a Satire on the Alterations mentioned by Coxeter in his MS, 
made in the Miniftry, and the Notes, and is placed by him op- 
unfteadinefs in fome of the pa- pofite to a Tragi -Comedy, called 
triot Party, bras theycalled them- CromwelPs Conf/tiracy, which both 
felves, the Country Intereft about Langbaine and Jacob declare they 
that Time. knew Nothing of, but which pro- 

Thc Court Bsogar. Com. bablyis only this Play mentioned 
^ by 

C R C R 

ty them from Hearfay only, and Jio«tf.— Performed at the Kiflg*a 
therefore under an imperfe^ Th. in the Haymarket, 
Title. Croksus. Trag. by TK A!eXp 

The Craft OF Rhetoric, ^. of Sterling, — This is the moft 
— Of this Piece, alfo, I have no affefting Of all this Author's 
Account but from Q>xeter^ in Pieces. — The Plot is borrowed 
U'hofe own Words and Spelling I from Herodotus, yujiin, and -P/«- 
/hall therefore give the Title of it tarebf with an Epifodc in the fifth 
ViS foUovfs,'-' A rtewe Commoiiye in Adt irom Xenopbon*s Cyropeidcia^ 
Englyfif(in Mixner of an Enter lude) —The Scene lies in Sardis, 
ryffbt eiygant and full' of Craft of Cromwell, Lord Thomas,'^ 
Retboryk (wherein ii jhewed^ and Hiftorical Play, 4to. 1613.— This 
•defcryhyd as yoell the bewte and Pl>y is in all the Catalogues fet 
good propertes ofJVamen at their down to Shakefpeare, but Iheobald 
vyces and evvl CbrMcion) tvitb a and other Editors of his Works 
moral eonclvjson and exbortaeycn to have omitted it, together with fix 
.Vertew* London, printed by John other Pieces, wx. the Puritan, 

Raftell 4to. without Date. Pericles Prince of Tyre, the Trag, 

This Play is in Metre, and in the of Locrine, the Torkjbire Tragedy, 
old Black Letter ; fo that it is Sir John Oldca/lle, and the London ~ 
probable, from every Teftimonial, Prodigal, — All which, tho' it is 
to be one of the very earlieft of probable from fome beautiful 
«ur dramatic Pieces. paflages in them, that Sbakejpeare 

The Cr AF T s M AN, Or Weekly may have had fome Hand in thcmi 
youmalift, A Farce, 8vo. 1728, are on the whole too indifferent 
<— Scene London, ifi Caleb D^An^ to be fuppos*d the genuine and 
trends Chambers in Gray^s-Inn, — entire Work of that inimitable 
This Piece Was not intended for geniust 

the Stage, but is a Banter on the Cromwell's Conspiract. 
Paper of that Title. Fid, Craftii Cromwell. 

Crrds q_uod habks et The Cruel Brother, Tr, 
HABZS. yid. City Night bySir>f. Davenant, ^to. 1630. 

Cap. — Prtfented tit Black Fryars,' -The 

The Credulous Cuckold. Scene Italy, 

yid. Debauchees. The Cruel Debtor, ^.to. 

Creusa, Queen of A- 1669. — This is only named in 

THENS. Trag, by fym, JVbite" Kirkman^ and other Lifts, 

head, the prefent Poet Laureat, The Crvzl Gift, or the 

Svo. 1754. — This Play is founded Royal Refentment, Trag. by Mrs, 

on Hiftory, but the Plot is ex- Centlivre, i2mo. 17 17. — ^This is 

tremely heigthened, and admira- the only Attempt made by this 

bly conducted by the Author, nor Lady in the Tragedy Walk, and 

has there, perhaps, ever been a is very far from being a bad one, 

more genuine and native Simpli- —The Defign is founded on the 

city introduced into dramatic Story of Sigtfmunda znd Guifcardo, 

Writing, than that of the Youth which is to be found in Boccace^s 

Syfftts, bred up in the Service ^f Novels, and a poetical Verfion of 

the Gods, and-kept unacquainted it very finely done by Ptyden, and 

with the'Vices of Mankind, puWifljed among his Fables. 

-Giiispue. lul. Opera, by P. Cruel Hc^sband. Vid, In- 

A* R»Ui, 8yo. 1721.— —Scene jur'd Lo^vb. 


cii c u 

. The Cruelty OP Ti»j: Spa- Co«tiiNG Woaiah. Vii, 

' K 1 A R D s IN Per u . Expreffcd p am E Po h^on . 

by inftfumental and vocal MuAc, Cupid ivnd Peath. A 

and by Art of Perfpeflivc in Maf^ve,by7«4iS^i>^,4to. 1653. 
Scenes, Sec, rcprefented daily at ^ — Thi? was prefeoted before the 

the Cockpit in Dr. Lane, at three Portugutfe, Amba0ador> pn tlic 

in the Afternoon pun£lttally, 26th of il^ri&» 1653. — For the 

1 6 58.— Thus it ftands in Jacob, Pefign, Tid. Ogilbfi JEJof, Vol. I. 

'but is not mentioned by Xjang- Fab. 39. 

balne. The Author of the ^r/r/j^ Cupip and Hymen. A 

Theatrit however, mentions a re- Mafque, by yobtt Hugba, 8vo. a- 

markable Circumftance in Regard bout 1 7 1 7. 

to it, which, is, th^t Oliver Crom-' Cupxd'sKeveijoc. Trag. by 

well, who had prohibited all Beaumont and Fletcher, 4to. 1630. 

theatrical Reprefentations, BOt Cupid's Whieligig. Com. 

only allowed this Piece to be per- by E, S, 1^x6. -^ Coxeter relates 

formed, but even himfelf actually that be had been told by an oW 

read and approved of it ; thereat 3ookfcUcr, that this Play was en- 

fon aiTigned for which was its tcred at Stationer s Ha/I, zs^Shake* 

'ftrongly reflefting on the Spa- j^^4r*'s, but at that Time thought 

niards, againft whom he was fup- Rifely, in order to make It (elU 

^ofed to have formed fome very A Cure for a Cuckold. 

•confiderably Defigns. - Com, hyjobti H^ebfler,^, 1^1, 

The Cuckold IN Conceit, -—The Author met with fome 

Com. by Sir JohnVanbrugbj 8vo. AHiftance from IfC Kowley in the 

1706, — This is little more than compofing of this Play, which 

a Tranflation of Moliere't Com was afted feveral Times with 

imaginaii'e, — It was afted at the Applaufe. 

QJs Theat. in the Hay^inar^et, A Cijee for a Scold^ Bal- 

• iilucKOLD IN Conceit. ^/W. lad Opera, by Ja, fVor/dale, 8vo. 

Picture. «— Th is is ta ken from Skakefpeare's 

Cuckold's Ha YEN, or tfn^A laming of the Shrew, but never. 

derman no Conjuror, by ff. Tate, met with any great Succefs, al« 

Tarce, aftcd at Dorfet Gardent, dio' fome of the Songs ace far 

4to. 1685. I The Plot of this from unentertainiog. 

piece is borrowed partly from A Cvre for Jealovsy. 

Ben Jonjcns Eajkoard Hoe, and Com. by Jobm Carey, 410. 1704. 

partly from the De^iVs an Afs, of — -A£ted «t Lincoln* 9 Itm Tieldt,^^ 

the fame Author. This is not by the fame Author 

Cuckolds make them- .s» the Gm^toiu £flMnur, of which 

SEtvEt. Vid, Wive' 8 Ex- Jiemifter, -- The S^enc lies in 

cusE. CvoeM Garden\ it met with ao 

The Cunning Lover f. jSuccefst 

Com. Vj tiob, Btome, ^o, 1654. Cure for Jealovsy. J^. 

•—This Piece was a^led with con- Dov b l^ De c e i t. 

iiderable Applaufe, and was well Curious Husband. Kd» 

efteemed.—- The Scene lies in Ve- 'Amorov s Pr in c s . \ 

rona. — For the Plot, vid. the Si- Curious Impxr tinent. 

*v€n Wife Ma/iers of Rome, find ft Vid, Married Beau. 

Novel caird the Fortunate deceived, The C u s r om o f th b Gov n- 

' snd unfortunate Lovers, tjl t. TxafirOom. by Bamtmemt 


c tJ c z ; 

ao^ l%^irr.--/rhia wflS iMM«e- vkh go«43«cct(t.«-^l%c Story ft 
ttd ^ wttf goo4 Play.— TIm Plot takca ham. (Mi's Mmam, an4 
w taken frooi JfttAfj^Ws N<ml% t^kcU, in ^hv/nWi (>04^«wd^» -^ 
Dec. 6. Nov. 6. aoil has becB Tf^eSoMc lies inicMrM and Mount 
nailecoQfidkfable Ufa of by C?» XptflMtf.. But tklio.* tfieea aw 
Jok«^ in kis CaBittff.Lafit» ^ many Lines in the Piece g(ta% 
The Scene lief fometimes at Lif% fupenor to the general Caft of Ge* 
bm aad fomedsies w JBr4i^« aiua. nehich appears, ia. this JU- 

Custom or. the Makmu thors other Works, yet he is in* 
yid, CovHTKT Lajsks* cxcufeahle in the Perverfion of 

C-VTTSft or Col KM AN- the Cbaradleri rrom what Or-i4 
St R SET. Qtaa.hy Jtbr,€m»l^ has reprefented them; Daphne^ 
4to. z66^-» This Play it no other the chafle Favorite of Diartm ap< 
than his own former Comt^ pcanag in this Piajr a Whore bnd 
cailod thoGwtfidShtfVy new written a fHXy and the fair Sjrn>x being 
and greatly anwnded. It was re* fainted ia i^e ignominious Co- 
prefeMted at the D* of TarA^a Th« louring of an envious, moroeflary, 
in Sulijbury Courts and Vafl at firft and infamous Woman, 
oppo&d by fome Peribns to whon . CinrmzA^s Rstxls, or th 
the Loyalty of its Author had FotmdiH of Se/f-Ldve.'-^ A comu 
givaa Difgiuft ^ it was, howearer, cal Satyr, by Btm Jtmfinf FoK 
afterwards a&d with univerfal i^^-— This Piece was aAed in 
AppAaufe, and has been revir'd 1600, by the OhtMren of (^^E/i- 
vntbin thefc thirty Years at the laaheth^t Cbapel.' 
Theatre in XMr«AiVJkM-/M^. Oy44thia*s' Rcvxnck, oj- 

Cymbxlinx. Txag. by JIK Mmnmder*% J^xtMJy^ hy John Sts- 

^AdAjJKwT.-— -The Plot ^f this pbtnx, ^0, 161 3. ^This Play 

Play, as far as relates to ^afibn^ runs moftly in v crfe^ and is one 
anu and Jmogai^ is taken 6tom of the longe# Plays ^at ever was 
Beatke^s Jl^ecamerm, Dvf a. Nor. written. — • The Plot is from Lu^ 
^ — The neit from the ancient can's Pbarfaka and Ovids Men 
Ttaikioaa o£th€ Bntijb Uittory. tamotfbo/k, 

CTMBBi.tMa. Trag.- sdterM ' C^aas, K. of Pxast a. f?^. 
fineaa Sbakefp^aiey by fV^. Namf- 'Warxxs or Cyrus. 
AuM, Svo. 1750. —This is what Gtrvs TJia Grxat, erfi^ 
chaTkk imptiea, it being only ^ragtdy ^ Lvue^ Trag. by J, 
itted to the fivf/j^ Stage, ivy rer JbfMtff, 410. 1696.— ^ThisPlw 
jnenring iome Pact of the Ab&ir* was at firft forbidden to be a€led» 
dities in Point ofTimeaadPlacey hut afiterwards came on, and met 
which tbe-rigid Rules of drama* with veij good Succefs. — Tke 
tic Law do not now admit with V^cX is from Scuderft Romance 

Sa much laapwaiy as atthe Time of Grand Gyrus, The iScene in 

jthen theoaginaiAofefaor.ofiQrab- the Camp near Asfy/aw. 
^t^ftw was living.. Ctthxrea, or the tnamoured 

Cii&NTJiiA AVnSMDorMMm 'Gtrdk. Com. by J* Smithy 4to« 
or the Loves tf the Deitieu A 1(^77. -^This Play was never 
dramatac Opera» by T. Durfy^^^ afbed. 

This -Piece was daigned to be The Cxak or Muscoyr. 
>aAed at Coact before .Q^ilCsfylL Trag. by Mrs. Man P{s^^ $vo« 
aod aftar.har Ile«th.was perforro*d about 1^8.— This I^ay was adled 
iac^liia>'BiMBWdtUr. iKUira4t]&at la JUmUn'imhm^FiM, and ta 

F fouadfid 


founded on ibme of the Inddents Jodgment.— The Scene ArcaSd, 
of the then recent Hiftoiy of the Damon and Pytitvas. Aa 
great Ciar Peter, -«^ The Scene hiAorical Play. -*Scene Swaeuje,--* 
ilf»)im. •--• It died, however^ in Of this neither Lamaiiu nor 
* ObKunty^ and has n«C been h^ufd Jaeoi give any particular Ac- 
of fincc count ; but the Piece itfelf it tQ 

be found reprinted in a-CoUedion 
^ of old Plays> pobliflied by R^ 

/ ' /'oij^^yin iiTol. tsmo.towhich 
T% ' I refinr. the Reader. 

^* The DAMOisBt.Lm> - or tU 

NtmOtJimmy. Cvtn.hif lUcbari 

DAMX D0B8OM, vtbeCumf^ Brm^ %^o, 1654. — ^Scene L«k 
ning ^MMff. Cofo* by J?, dom, 
Atfvftt/rro]^) '4to. 1684.— This if Dsmoisxllks a-la^mooi^ 
tranflated ftom a French Comedy, Com. by R, Fl^ktwe,^-*'Tht Scene 
called. La pivinereje ou Utfayx of thia Pky is laid in Paris^ and 
Enchantememi yetakho?the Ori- the Plot, as the Author himfelf 
final met with the liigheft Ap- confeflfes, borrowed from the Pre* 
probation in France^ and was ea- eienfet RidieuUsy thtEcoie det Fem- 
gerly followed, this Copy of it mes^ and. the Keole det Man't of 
was damned in it's RepKienta* MiUtre, 

tion on the LmmIm Theatie. Daa ivs. Trag. by the \. of 

Damon avdPhillida. A SterUmg, ^to. Edink. 1^03.— *Tbis 
BaUad Paftoral, by CeUn CiUerf was one of his Lonl(hip*s firft 
tvo. T his little Farce is Performances, and was origtnslly 

entirely feleded out of tht.L^ve written in a Mixture of the Scetth 
in a Riddle by the (ame Author^ «nd Engl^ DtalcAs ^ but the Au- 
—Yet notwithftsnding that Piece thor atterwasds not only poIiib*d 
fell to the Ground on the fecond the Language, but even veryxoa- 
Nightof its Appearance, tfiis En- fiderably altered the Play itfelf.-r- 
tertainment by coming out as a The firft L^ndM Edition of this 
new Piece, and unknown to be Piece, was with his Cretfus, under 
Mr. Cihherh was not only then the joint Title of the MemanhiA 
extremely applauded, but has con- Tragedies, together with the^^ 
tinued fo to be ever fince ; and in- rons, containing the firft Fancies 
deed amoiigftall oar Ballad Farces of the Author's ^ buth. 
I fcarcely know any thing that Jay Darius. An Interlude, 4t0i 
a jailer Claim to Applaufe, the j66^t-— This is taken from the 
.Words of all the Songs being third and 4th Chapters of the M 
happily adapted to the Mufic, the Book of Efdras, 
Mufic to the Words, and the Darios. An ItaU Opera, 8va 
whole mingled with a Simplicity 172$. performed attheX.'s Th.. 
of Manners amd Uniformity of in the Haymarketi-^Tht Scene is 
ConduA that render it moft per- in Sufut and the Mufic by A- 
feftly aad,truly paftoral. — This, rro^/. 

however, is an Inftance among - Darius, K. or Persia. Tr. 
many, how far par^ Prejudice by y» Crowne, '4to. 1 688. •— The 
will have an Innuence on the Scene lies in the Plains and Town 
Behaviour of an Audience, in the o(jirbela in Perja, and the Plot 
pver-bearing its cool and candid of this Play, as well as. of JUoid 


D E 

Ster 'ing'fi ^bolrowcd from ^tnttts 
Gttrtiuif Plutarchi and other Hi- 
ftorians qf the Life of Alexander, 


tbeir Lovesy ntfitb the Tragedy of 
Abfalom^ divers Times played on 
the Stage, 4to. 1 5 99. — The Title 
of this Play fpcaks itfelf. — — It' 
was fcrVeral Times z&tA with Ap- ' 

•David's Lamjcntation, 
Oratorio, by y. Lockman, 4Jto." 
f74!<3 ; performed at the Th. Roy. 
in Covent Garden, 

Day's Courtship, Vid, 
TuNBRiDGE Well's. 

Death dr Alf.xandek 
tHE GRrXT. Fid, Rival 


Death or Dido. A Mafque, 
by R, C. 1611. 

Dxath ar Ladt Jah^ 
Ot^AT. Ftd, Inho€XMT U- 


Death of Mark Ant ko- 
HY. f^» Beawty the Con- 


Tlic Death op Marcus 
Brutus. Tjrag. hyJfobaiSiejgk/d, 
P. orBttckifigham,^-^T)M»P'iece is 
foriuei on the Plaiv of fome Pirt 
of Sbakefpeare^t yulitti Cetfetr,^^ 
but written with Chbnifes after 
the Manner of the Ancients.— A 
TVagedy called yu/ius Cafar, by 
the fame Aathor and in the fame. 
Manner, was intended together 
with this Pieee to have been re- 
prefented in the Year 1729, for 
wh ch Purpofethe Chorules were 
all fet to Mafic by the great . 
BononcTfiif but EngUft) Voices being 
do: fujfficiently numerous, the /•* 
ta/tjHs were applied to, who ima- 
^ning they might make their 
own Price, demanded more for 
their n'ghtly Performance than 
the Receipts of the Houfe could 
amount to at the ufual Rates ; on 
which Account the Defign was 


D«ath OP Mary Q.'of 
Scots. Fid, At a ion ^ue Errs. 

Death op- Richard III. 
/7^.£irGLi8H Princess. ^ 

Desa vcH*o Hypocrite* 
^</. Trick POR Tax ex. 

The Debauchee, or tbeCrg^ 
duhus Cuckold, Com. 4to. 16*77. 
Anonym; — ^Tho' there is no Au- 
th6r's Name to this Cdmedy, yet 
whatever Difference there is be- 
tween it aDd Rich, Srome^t Mad 
Couple iveil match^df of which it is 
little more than a Revival, is the 
Work of Mrs, Sebfi, 

The Debauchees, or fi&e7«- 
fuit caugbt. Com, by H, FrtAbng^ 
8vo.' 1733.— ^This Play is bunt 
on the Story fo recent at that 
Time of Father Oirrard and Mif» 
Cadkre^ and in it' the Author hat 
by 'no Means fpared the Charac- 
ters of the black hoodcSd Gentle- 
men of 'that 'Reverend Tribe, 
whofe Intrigues and Machinations 
feem at length to have rendered 
them die 0bjc£ls of alftioft uni- 
verfal Difguft and Hatred. 
'^ The Deceit. Faree> by Hm. 
Norrisy i2mo. 1723 * C tf* this 
I know DO more than the Nafnc* 

The Deceiver deceived. 
Com.'byMrs. M. P/x,4to. 1698. 
ii6led at the Theatre in Linei^^i 
Inn Fieldt,'^ There are two Dia- 
logues in this Play, one in the 
4th A^hy D*(/ffyf and theo- 
therin the lii^, hy Mrtteux, botk 
fet to Mufic by Secies. -^ Scent 

Dbcivs AND Paulina. A 
Mafque, by L. Theobald, 4to. x 7 I9r; 
— — Tb this Piece are addeil 
mufical Entertainments as per- 
formed at the Th. in Lincoln t 
hm Fields in the dramatic O- 
pera 6f Circe fet to Mufic by 

The Decoy, An Opera, Svo. 
1733.— 'Anonym. 


F 2 CoM«^- 

CovNTXiLtxiT Bridb««6om. heocTer fiiw, but that in.HirCa^ 

DzLu«X« Km/. Koaji*s takgue printed with the OA/i:,tfw, 

f^LOoo. it is afcriM to one 7*^0. X.^e. 

DpoRVM t>oiiA, ^MaCque^ Distivctxon or thi 

by 11^5. .&ir4i^ kvo. 1648. per- Wo»lo. f^/4^ Noam's Fx.000.- 

iormM befose Flamimui aad Gfi^ DisTR u c t iok or T a o r. 

rittdtt^ it, and Qs^ of C^ffna, at Trag. by J. Banks, 410. 1679. 

their Hegai Palace ia Nttf/u*, -«. —This is very far from being a 

t^he Scene lies in itfiV;^. —This defpicable Piece, altho* it met 

]^iece is I'art of a Romance of with very indil9^erent iTreatmeat 

this Aiuhor*8, called, the (^rion frVm the Crittps.-<-It^ ^s founded 

jtaukiujf'^ \\M, he has been in iome on Hiftory, aiKl taken front lU' 

Meafare fuiky of Pyncy^ the mer. Virgil^ Sec and LMghaiu 

Ditty which is fung by Ntptme obJerves of it, altho* the Lan- 

and his Train, l»Ciog nude t^ V^'t/^ <s not equal to that of 

fjrom Hfallar*$ Poem tc ifn King SbakeJ^eare's TrM&is and Cr^JOf 

en his Mn^, and Past of A£t a. yet it at leaft furpaiTes H^t^oaft 

Sceae i* JMa% tnoicribed from It^on ^ge (which is bvik on the 

tkeiame A«i(hor,«a.i4id|y{^/(b fame Plot) and many other Tia- 

^aying-oa Wviitt* gedies which have 'mat withansare 

J0«B<«V Ca^vjijji* yjl, favourable Reception* 

ivNVCn, I>«VZ& AJ^ Hl«l>A#ft. ViL 

. t)jtmiT nsntMSSo* /SmE. (Wiii t«^ Coi|.i^xx« or 

i^XTV S^|inV*L«VB. CaOYOON. 

. TheX>xs9ftviN«^AV0aJTC, Oct-k. iWKn6rr. J>fr«tTAM. 

tragi-Com. hy Uimoitk CarleU, Vtd. the fame Pj«^ WQtb'th* foi»* 

Sto. 1659. Scene i^'a.^-Xhis going one. 

Piece met with ^reat AfH^if^ IXs-^vn Hl^a^K*di« 9^* 

^<WAS a^lod fevaral Times ^e- IlirnPM^c;^^*^; i . 

Sbi« the k. and ^at ff^ittiaik MV^i^so^ A ^Sr^4i^.pxf.LAa. 

—jtmufisftfrintad 1114(0.4639} Kd*«JMis Bt^tuz. 

^ ^«^ Titic of 4be Fsvmtg, Tbt J>£ yJ4. fs ^^ ,Aaa. Osm. 

Ifiie Dsscrwrcmsi o# ^ l)|r uPoi Jf^i^, a^d in i^ii^« 

%9%. in-tiw Parti, iy ^' ^^«wijif^ aertain^-but little cchar-g^ble 44 

dli. j^^-7^rkey .Bie both watt- hoirowiqg ai^ i^art vof hu Ploti} 

tan in iiaroie Vwie, Aoi were yet J^iiri>a/'s giving iiis .CliMk 

#afld with Applaufej yet the tO'Fi««-«^//^fv/ibrj4S«vert(^QMtf 

Author found St accefliuirTtOvcnter his Wi£e l#r /a Quarter ^kf 4H| 

into (bme Kind of Vindication nf Uoiir> iecms fbanded on a Ci»f 

Jlixnfalfy ^th R^ipeA to ^s fiunihrnce ofB^ccofe'sD^camentif 

ChamAcr cf^hnurtes, — .— Tbe Dc^ 3. Uov, <$, — Mra . Cauiimtt 

^iftorical Past «f thefie Bhys is to has made har Sir Gm. ^>y dn 

ic met with lA JiJ^busH Waia the fame, only converting thf 

^ Uk Jews^ nnd iome other vA«- 4oilt into a Puife of an hmndii^ 

Jbors. Xriiineas. 

The i>imtucTiOK or Jje-. The Dz^vil or a Dujc^ of 

ii V s A t KM . Another Play of the ^rappdins Vagtn'es, Balkid Fas. 

.feme Name, mentioned by Lsng- by T, Druty,ivo. 1733.— -A6led 

kune, which^ lM>«kXvery iie %8 «ati)r. Z^nsr.— Thiiisonlyan A>- 


trration with the Addition of a peAed at that Time, that he had 
few Song<:, of the Comedy of been aflifted'by his Brother-id- 
Dvke and no Duke, ~ Law, 7*. SbrntkotU, In the Year 

DzviL or A WirE. Vid. 1730, Cofy znd 'Mottley, eadi 
Comical Tkanspokmation. of them undertook the Alteration 
The DsviL*8 Chaetsk. Tr. of an A& and half, and by adding 
by Barnahy Barnes, 4to. 1607.-^ a Number of Songs, converted it 
This Tragedy contains the Life into a Balkd Qpera, ftiU of three 
and Death of that moft execrable Ads, under the Title of the /V 
of all human Beings, Pope JDex- vii to pay. In this Stattf it was 
andery\, in whofe Hiftory the performed in the Summer Seafon; 
Author has very clofely followed but ^;me Things in it giving Dif- 
^uiceiardini, and feems alfo to guft, particularly the Part of a Non- 
have formed his Play, in fonie conforming Pallor, made Chap« 
Meafure, after the Model of Pr- lain to Lady Lomerule: Iheo, Cib^ 
rfV/« Prince of Tyre \ for as the ^*r took it once more in Hand, 
Author of that Piece, ratfes up omitted that Character , and 
Gawer an old Et^fijb Bard, to be Shortening it throughout, reduced 
his Interlocutor, lb has Barnes it to one AA, adding the fecond 
revived Guicciardini, for the very . Title of the Wi'ves Metamorphosed^ 
fame Purpofe. , — In doing this, one Song was ad- ^ 

The DzviL*s Law Case, or, ded by his Father C. GHer, and 
nvben H^omen go to Lato the Bennl another introduced, written by 
is fall of Buftnejs, Tragi- Com. by Lori Rdcbifter above fifty Years 
y. WeSfter, ^XKy* 1623. — Tbisis before; fo that from^ the joint 
« good Play, and met with Sue* Labours of fix or feven Authors, 
ee&. — - The Circumftance oiRo- came forth the petit Piece under 
welio^t ftabbing Contarim out of Confideration j vraiich, however. 
Malice, and its turning out to does no Difcredit to any of its 
tiis Prefervation, feems borrowed Compilers, conftantly giving Plea- 
firom the Story of fb^treus Jakn^ fure whenever it is performed, 
related by Vakrim Maximus, Lib. and ftealing on the ' Attentibn 
J. Cap. S. from the 'natural Behaviour of 

Dcvit TO DO ABOVT RKE. the Ohanders, cvea in Spite of 
Kid, Man's bkwitch*d, the ImpoflibiHty of the Circum- 

The D£vxi TO PAY, orf^tf ftaocewhereffofn all their Anions 
Wives metamorpbofed,TiiXiAdYzK, derive their Origi)i. 
by C. Coffiy, 8vo. 173 1. — This One theatricid Anecdote, how- 
well known little Piece has itfelf," ever, tnuft not be omitted in our 
.perhaps, gone thro' as many Me- Mention of this Pitce, which is, 
tamorphofes, and had as many that to the Part of 7N^//, the great 
Hands concerned in the Fabrica- Mrs C//w owes the Rife of her 
tion of it, as ever clubbed together now juftly eftabliflfod Reputation, 
in a Bufinefs of fo little Impor- that being the firit Thing flic 
tancc.— The ground Work of it, was ever taken any conf.dcrable 
and indeed the bed Part, is fele^t- Notice of in, which occafioned 
ed from a Farce of three Ails, her Salary, then but trifling, to 
written by ^cycw the Player, in be doubled.— ifof^r, who played 
the Year 1086, called, A comical Jabfon, had alfo his Salary rait\d, 
Transf or ma t ion ^ or the DeviX of a firom the Merit he flicwsd in thi 
IVifey in which it was evts fuf- Pdlformanc«. • \ * 

F 3 bi-^w. 

4^m/. Jovial- da dv. iadion, bcAowed .7)n him ji Pco- 

Tm DxtIx x<ri>.oir Tvit fion of 20K per Am.-— No iiKon- 
HSrt c xs, •r^/itr AiM«ry ^cm. •«- ittfcrable Gntui^y^ coofiderins^ 
sSattadFiuxev hfQmjCffy^ 1744. Value 4>f M<wc]f ?t,;tbat Time. 
''nHtisan Alter^tMOy'tetconfi- D i r<r*z ji'XN't HvaB^iirDS. 
'ileraUv fbr tke'woMc, of aTety ^</. U«1¥Xr$ai. Calljiiit. 
^■uiilifigOoBcdy^<alk4fhe(;)wi- The D^jerftaxKT WfiMMrs, 
"^-jf Sifkht, <«^ch lee in its PiaM. -^rJmtri^t . jSlamede, Com. ||to. 
-^ wit wasia^M^OBe Night ody, at 16^9. Aoonym. -^ A^ed at the 
^SbtfUatfiWOb^ MMyFmr. ^Kew Thoat. in LinctMirlmt- 

-fliefttioMd in J&V^biicir*8 Oau- Di^clxsjam, ot.tbe RrtpU- 

.lusfttc^ and byhim attrihuted to - t^*-4)ramat. iQpera, by.TiM^s 

-Xa^. 'Marotif hxtt neither JGnri^ JBetttrtw, Sto. 170 71 * . T hiits 

■ i«*ry.^iie9^, nor aavoiieelfe that -only an >Akeratioix, with iMiy 

I'hay»iDet<with^ Mem to JLnew -little Bifference^ of the,P^ii^. 

aay Thing of it. prfs ofMmuMuntjuid FJother,. with 

' Di iHi AND ^ K B A 8« lA »! Additioncf fomc mufical £&•> 

Ma%ue, by ^B4trt4n B9Mb,%vo, tertaioments.aadJnteri«de8toit. 

^716, performed "Wkh great Ap- *— It is ftill rometimesj.pcrfonBC^y 

\ plauie at^he^Thea. Roy. inDnnry buLdoes AOt tftem 4i»uch 40 fuit 

^ Lane. with the^ prefent Tafie. 

Droo AND oTVmAS.. AaOp. Diphilo •aj«i> Ca^NinA. 
' in three (hort • Afts, by N^T'aU j — ^Thif i& OBe^df the-fix -Piaeer 
^his was'wrttten^foTy aadperAvm- which are^pubtiibed .in4he /ccop d 
«d»«t Mr. %rfo /Vi^^VBeeidiiig Part of Jj(it4ijMrv^f>wf/^i6j9»ir^ 
School ntuti/fira, hy yov^g Oen- AodaKattcibnted to (Ai^.«C^4ie 
tlemen.^— The-'Mtific eompofed Comedian, 
by 'Pw/vr^i-^Wheifaerir was eiPer The Di utr t ou< tm kn t, fOr 

, f rinted, I will- nofrpretead to-^f- • tie MutUr m t^Un, C<yn. hy 
firm} having never -met 'wiUi it, • 7<^0' Smabeme, 410. 1 684.'— The 
nor do I find it -mentioned any Scene lies in Florence,', amd Part of 
^here but -in Cosmer^s MS. -the Plot istalun^iiom thfCttri- 
Notes. M< Imf>eriSuetuiiLDom^^ifixt^,^^ 

Dido .Q. «r CAaTHAOK. 'Pmlogue byX^r^^. 
— Trag. hy*tho, J\^«^»«-iA^ua Discontimtid XoL02fl|t. 

*Piecethe Aothor^wasaififted by ^<(/« BaEXKoaALT. 
jl£ir/0wr, aaditwaaa^Ud^before Discexbt JUovra. ^iL 

' fl^FJiKtieib, when ihe was en- Fool w o v l d » x . a . Fa- 

' tettained at CsffibH^e in 1 5^4.^— - v^i^ i TZ • 
Thereisorc CireumSance relating Dismal Sqjsitit, f^di PtoT- 

- to this Rqpfefentation, which I tikgLovxes. 
casflot here avoid -meBtioiiiBg^ The Djsox«dixm-t ^-Chij^o. 
which ia, that 7bei Frtjhm, whom A pretty and meny latedude, .by 

r I have-mentioaed< as ' tha-Anthor ^Tbo, Jngekmdf. 4to. without Date. 

• of the 'SrwffiAytAiMk'tJet, ^fted This Anchor livedln theTime of 

^ Part in diis Ph«y, '^vhkh ihc %^EU$uiketh,..ud this. Piece is 

:. performed fo adma^y well and written in old Vxife of Un SyUa- 

.diluted before thctlueenA)- gen- hks, i0^yfi$tfd< ja^lhc fild likak 
tikl| and gmcdiiq|» riiiliiwi ¥■■ ^Imu. 

' the 

TheDisiEM^LzoWANX^Hy hy Six IP, P/nmfgifi(g Folf l€73« 
or Afy ibff #^ Money, -Com. by —Scene Cordua, 
f^wMr^/^^J^tfi/, 8vo. 172(6. — Pl$T»»M ,WF.O|I pxstKSSs, 

iThic is an entertainiAg Comedy, or Tragtfly in true ^afie* An 
imd ^et with tpUt^hi Succefsj Tfe^i-comi^parodi-tr^-faiticaU 
1>ut *tis probable .it might have Botlefque, in.two A£ts, hy Geo, 
fpuod a more favorable Recejitio)^ Mx, Steve^, Pro, 1752. —This 
hj^d it not unfortunately Qaide its .'Piece was peverperformed nor in- 
^(>pearance juft at ^e Time teoded'for the Stage, but is only 
\( hettthe Town was big with £^- a 'Bs^tter on the Bombaft Lan- 
^e^a^on of Smfth*i Rivftl Modes, gu^, and inex^qU)le Diftreis 
'and therefore pajid the lefs At- 'aim*d at by Ibme of our modern 
te^tion to any other new Piece. Tragi- WnterS. 

The 'DiSTB ACTED St A-TC* D i s t«x8T Lovz. Vid, 

Traig. by J'. ^f<A«(», .written in Pol id vs. 

.1641, but. jK>t. printed till 1651, The Di^tkkst Mother. 

' 4to. -^ This Author was a ftroi^ ^^H' ^7 4^r9Je Pkiiiph Xzmo. 

'Party Man, and wrote to the dif- ^vji^. This Pl^iy is little more 

Ua^^ Times he liv^d m, tf> ^^ a Tra;iiIatlon fnnxr ^he y^«- 

which this Play was extremely }droma^ueofJtacine,'^\tU,\icm' 

.fuitable..— His Hatred to the ever, very well tranflated, the 

Scots is very apparent in this Play> "Poetry p|eafi;ig, and the Incidents 

wherein he introduces -.a Scotch oftheStory to affeftiogy that^l- 

Mou^tebank undertaking to poi- tho* it is« like all the French Tra- 

ion Jsfcbias the elected King, .at gedies, rather too heavy and de- 

the I&ftigation of CZrtfff</er«— T^e damatory, yet it never fuls bring- 

Scene lies in G>ii^.-»This is tl^e Jng Tears into therEyes ofafenfible 

Jbeft of t^s Aut]^r*s Pieces, and Audience 3 and will, 'perhaps, e- 

is introduced -by three Copies .^ ,ver continue to i^ a ftock Play, 

fccQtiimeAdatory Verfcs* o^ the Lifts of the Theatfes. — > 

DxsTRESSiD.lNN9CXMCE,pr The Original Author, however, 
, ti^e Frincefs of Perfia, Trag. by has deviated frogi Hiftory, and 
EA,&ttle, 4to. 169 X. T^is 'Hi/^iikewi& fpUowed his Ex- 
Flay was .a£ted with ^gteat Ap* ample, in makii^ Hemdone kill 
^lawe. -^The Plot is^ founded on .hexfelf on the Body of Fjrrbus^ 
.the Hiftory oflffii^egerdes, lung of who, had been il^in by her InfH- 
rPerfi^, and the Author declares Ration, whereas on the contrary 
tJl^at .whatever Fidtiont he may (he not only Torviyed, but became 
elfewhere have interwoven, tne Wife to Orejfes, -— How fyr the 
^iftr^lQi^^ his principal Cl^rac- Lieentia poetica will authorize 
tert 'lUrtm^ and Qkomrq, are fuch Oppofitions to well known 
,tyae Hiftory* He ^kewife ,ac- FaiSls of Hiftory, is, however, a 
knowledges great Afliftances' 4n, Point which I hiye no Time at 
Jt4io|B JSftfiH^ and MowUford, .pr^fcnt to enter into .a Pif^u^fi- 
the l^t^r ofjwhom wrote 4he ,l|ift ' tion in Regard to^ 
J5cei>cj«>d4iie KpiJpgue. The Pistiest W|f>. Omi. 

I>ltTEifa>KD ,lKKoct_yc^. by ^. C^y, 8vo. i;r43..T— This 
, Vid* -Fat AL F A*t Bpod, . Pie^e vi»& d«;fign*d by its ^utjior 

;DjaTitE«%BD Ladies. Vjd, forthe Stage, ;ind entirely finxih*d 
f-RoMAN.IjEjjIEEALs. hcforc his Pfath. — It is, ^ow- 

TbcDiSTjiws»$»Tw%9»«» ever, far^fr^ tjeing e^ual to die 

Genendity of his Writings. 

The QivxMK CoMXDiANy or 
th€ Right UJd of Plays. — A facred 
Tragi-Com. by Rich, Tuke. — r- 
This Play is oa a religious Sub* 
• jcft, and I imagine was never 
a£ted. ——It was firft printed in 
.the fame Year, -by the Title of 
The Soul^s ff^arfare, and is in- 
tended to point out the Danger 
the human Soul incurs in its Pro- 
bationary State in this World. 

DiviNx Mas<^ue. vm, 
SvBjscTS Joy. 

The Do AT IN G LovEtSy or 
the Libirtine tam^d* Com. by 
Ndwhurgb Hami&on, Svo. 1715 j 
atted at LincQlns Inn Fh/Js. — 
Scene Loiiddn.— The Prologue by 

BuIUk, jun. This Play met 

with no Approbation from the 
ttAbiaiTed Part of the Audience, 
.but was fupported to the third 
Night, when for the Author's 
Benefit, the Boxes and Pit were 
l;iid together at the extraordi- 
nary Price of lix Shillings each 
Ticket. — 


WxsDOME OP Doctor Do- 


Doctor Faustus'x tragical 
Bsfioty, by Cbrifiopber Marlow, 
4to. 1604. — ^Black Letter.— The 
; laft Edition of this Play, with 
Additions of feveral new Scenes 
. and the A£tors Names, was print- 
ed in 4to. 1663. — :The Scene at 
Rhodes and p^rtfmberg, and the 
Plot is founded on Camcrarius, 
IVitrus, and other Writers on 

Doctor Faustus, Life and 
Vfotb ofi with the Humours of 
Harlequin and Scaramouch. Fare. 
by ^. Mountford \ a£ted at the 
Ctjs Theatre in Dorfet Gardens, 
and reviv*d at the Theatre in 
Lincoln* S'Jnn'Fields, 4to. 1 697, 

Doctor the Disease, f^d^ 



D019 Carlos Prince or 
Spain. Trag. by Tho, Otwaff 
4to. 1679. — This Play is written 
in heroic Verfe, was the feco^d 
Work of the Author, and inet 
with very great Applaufe. —The 
Plot is taken from a Novel of the 
fame Name> and alfo from the 
Spanijb Chronicles in the Life of 
Philip n. 

Don Garcia op Navarre, 
or the Jealous Prince, — ^ — This b 
only a Tranflation fronr Moliere 
by Osiell, 

Don Quixote, the comical 
Hiftory of7T)y T. Durfty, The two 
firft parts are printed, 4to. 1694, 
and were greatly applauded ; but 
the third, to which is added the 
Marriage of Mary the BuxQm, had 
notthe fame Succefs.— -Yet would 
not the Author confefs its Faults 
to be fo notorious as they were 

repi efented. The Scene of all 

three arc laid in Spain, and the 
Plots taken from Cervantes^s cele- 
brated Novel of that Name, 

Don Quixote in England. 
Com, by H, Fielding, Svo. 1734* 
afted at the Little Theat. in the 
Haymarkct, with Succefs. 

Don S k b a s t I a n, K. or 
Por t u g a l , Trag. by J, Dry- 
den, —This is founded on a No- 
vel of the fame Title, wasef^em* 
ei one of the beft of this Author's 
dramatic Pieces, and met with 
great Applaufe in the Reprefen- 

Dorinda. Ital. Opera, per- 
formed at the K.'s Theat. in the 
Haymarket, Svo. 1712. — The 
Scene Arcadia, 

The Double Dealer. Com. 
by fF. Congreve, 4to. 1694. ■ 
This is the fecond Play this Aii- 
thor wrote j the Chara^rs of it 
are ftrongly drawn, the Wit ge- 
niiine and original, the Plot 
finely laid, and the Conduft ini- 
mitable^ yet fttch it, and ever 


Dp B O 

has bora tbc capri^Qus DifpWl^ CM^, 410. iTog.-rrPaft ©rtti^ 
tion of Aisdicnccs, that it met not J^y is borrowed ^rom Mrs. (^t* 
'ci|ual -focoumgetoent with bis Ovn's Lcvt of a Plent^n, or the • 
djd Batcbekf, (in domt Refpe^s a frendi C«me4y t>f JU CfifUnt 
iQuch more exceptionable Play) i4i«^^y an4.Part from Bnm^'^i 
nor had it the fame Suceeft witE f^imt D^.— ^t ntt witli srejit 
his Ut6r Performances. Succds. and is to rhi^ EMy OA 

The Double Dsczit» or i^ the Liit 0/ adti^g Comedies* 
Curt for Jf^My* Com. by ^. ITic DovBix MAaHACB. 
B4ffi^> 8vo* a^ed at IXnrgr hane^ Tiag. by Bfrntmoat and Fintcber* 
17 j6. Fol. i679.-p-SceneM|^«. — ^TWa 

The !>o V B L E De c X J T> or is not one of their beft PUy s, apd 
t\e baffj P^ir, A Comic Farce^ on an Attempt to r^^ve it about 
printed Svo. X745# but never 70 Years a^o, £ailed of Succeii^ 
a£ked. The l)o u « ];x Re v en g x . ^d* 

The DouBix Disappoint- SrouiZR. 
MBNT. Farce^ X747. Afted *t Th^4?o«BTFv;.Hzx^' Tjia- 
Dr. 2»«>e.-*Tbis Piece ha9 no gi-Com. by yemes Shirh^ Bvo« 

feat Bhar$ of Merit eith^ as ta xesz.-"-*— -Part of the Story oa 
lot or Lanjp^. yet it met vmth thisPl^ is bailt» miy b« 
vith <on£detable 5uc(;ef% from found in x^t £nff^ jfthfnturtsg 
^e Delight whkh t^#Hajo/ity Part |.--<^ceae besinA^£z«. 
of an AutfienoB em take ia the Dovq4.a<. Tmk. 7^« IMf* 
tefii^ of aational Chwiftw, ?¥0. *7j7«— »-TO« Tragedy ii 
ichff hered^Dftia. the-^«Qf iDoaded on the Hiftory «f ;»« 
, ^*« two tovecij sm Jnfimm Q^rds between the VamtliCB of 
nf4 a Trety^hmoK, b^ of them Dottgloi and ^ther of the ;$<«/« 
FofltoAe Uneven, one of vHbom CUns.'p-Itiiju a great deal d: P#- 
mres io h&vse been-a Rubber in A thos ia it> fomc^if the J^nitivof 
$ta|>lew^odJ^ either «V4et who are pleafingly affedins* and th^ 
hasit>WdhisMafter.-'-Thefe % Deicriptions^ipetiGally Deaudful j 
Parts during tlie Run of the vet on the whole it appears ra^er 
fasc^ were v^ well l^ppoited heavy -f^-— The Author being f 
|y Meipr. %irrhgtQ» and Mkkt. ^etfimttt,JM^ a CierQm»n of that; 
Dova#.E Discovj^BY. yi(t. Church, the Piece made 4ts ^r# 
S^AHisii Fbyab. Appear^ce on xkp Ediwkw^ 

Titepou Bj. E Pa s TB-is«. Tr. Theatre, ^t that Time io ap HA; 

hyWcs, Jl^ary Pf^, 4\o, 170^. --^ 4<w>riihing Conditio;i. ^^^''i 

(lene Per/i^ii, howtvi^, drew the ^efbatBoent if 

; The Jbju ji L« P AL s liofld. Tr. tHe Bldfn of the Kirk, ^nd mai^ 
^y L, Tbeotald, 17*9. — ^-T-Th»s other rigid laivd zealous Mci[^b«[^ 
Piece 'Sh^sii endeavoured to pf th^t Se£k> apt only on th^ 
crfuade the. World, W9s w^'itteii Author but the Pcrfonners, 09 
fJShakefp(are,'9w — Hj^w truelMS yOiom, tc|gether with him, ^ey 
iflertion might be, I cannot piCr /reefy denounced their Anathemft 
tuiivto determine, but vety few t in Pamphlets and public Paperv . 
belicYe^ave any Credit to it. The •— The latter indeed it was out <^ 
Piay» however, was a^cd with their Power greatly to iRJufe, 
cpniiderable Succefs. iiut their Rod was near falling; 

The ppU'ELE Gallant, .or very heavy on the Author, &c, 

ike ^$itk jt4^V Qtrt, <?pm. by C. whom .the ^emb^^y rej>udiate^ 


■ • • • • 

itxd cut off from his Preferment'. The Dr v m m 1 1, or r/&r haunt' 

Tn Engl. howtver,he had the good eJ Hwfit Com. by Addifon^ 8vo, 

Fortune to meet with Friends^ '7 '5* — Nothing perhaps can give 

aad being thro* the Intereft of a ftronger Proof of how vague 

the Earl of Bute and fome other and indecifive as to real Merit the 

Perfons of Dii^in6tion^ ' recom- Judgment of an Audience is to 

mended to the Notice of his pre- be confider*d, and how frequent- 

fcm Majc'fty, then Pr. oi U^ulet^ ly that Judgment is l>ia(red by 

bfs Royal Highnefs was pleafed Names alone, than the Sue cefs of 

to bellow a Penfion on him, his this Comedy, which; coming out 

Piece' was brought on the Stage in at firft without any kopwn Pa- 

London^ and met with Succefi, as rent, notwithftanding it had all 

have two other Tragedies fince by the Advantages of admirable A£t- 

thc fame Author, vi«. Agii and ing, was fo umverfally difliked, 

ttie Siege ofAquiteia, of which fee that the Author chofe to keep 

in their Places. himfelf concealed till after Death ; 

The Downfall op Bribz- when the MS. being found a- 

»Y, or the bonef Man ofTzMTi' mong Aidtfon^s f^ptrs, and the 

tfon. Ballad Op, of 3 A£h, by Play confequcntly difcovered to 

Mark Freeman, of Taunton, in be his; it was immediately revi- 

Somerfetjbire, 8vq. 1733.— This Ved, and took a very confidcrable 

wasncver intended for the Stagey Run. — Yet' pferhap^ the Public 

nor is the Author's 'Name appa- werefcarcely right ineither Cife; 

tcntly a genuine on8.^^— »— It ^ere- the Piece has certainly great Me- 

fore feems to have been only d rit in fome Re(pe6h, the Ch^ac- 

Party Piece, written on a conten- ters of Tlnfe/, Plellum, and Abigail 

htA Eledioh for Somerfetfiire in being admirably drawn, and iuch. 

the Year 1733, which was the as fhould Iwve fccur'd it from the 

Time of a general Election for Contempt it f!^fl met with ; and 

Parliament. yet tiie Plot is too improbable, the 

' The Dragon OF Wantl IT. principal Parts in the Play, was. 

A Burlefque Ohpera, by H, Carey, Sir George and Lady Truman ani 

9vo. 1738 ; a&ed at Cov, Card, yellum too infignificant, and the 

—This Piece has a great Deal of whole Humour of the Piece tOQ 

Humour in itj and was a very low* and" farcical, to entitle it to 

%ne Burlefqoeon the Italian Ope- that Admiration which was sfter- 

ras^ at that Unie fo much tke wards beftowed on it. i-Time» 

PaiTion of the Town. — ^The Plot however, the great J^iftice who 
taken ^om the old B«Had(^ ATmiv fets all Things even, has feemed 
oi MoorekalU is worked op into to eftablifh ti^is Piece on its pro- 
all the Incidents of Love, Hero- per Footing, for altho* it is ftill 
ifm, Rivalry and Fury, which fometimes performed in Turn, yet 
taio4 of the Italian Operas indif- It is far from ilandlng as one of 
triminatcly w^ere ftnffed with. — the foremofl in the Rank of our 
*To help this forward, the Clia«. afling Comedies, 
raaers were drcflfed in the utmoft Duke and no Durz. Fare, 
•Extravagance of theatric Parade ; by N, Tate, 4to. 1685. — The 
the Machinery truly burlefquc. Scene of this Piece lies in Fh' 
and the Songs, tho* ludicrous to rence, and the Plot is taken from 
the highefl Degree, were fet per- Trapfolin fu^p)s*d a Frnce.'-^'-'-lt 
fedly ia ths Italian Taile. has levend Songs an it» bat thefe 


D U D U 

are new omitted in Ac Perfor- — Seen? Parma, 

mance. — fr^/oAVs. Ju^cial Dc*» The Dumb Lady/ or thf 

cjfions arc taken from the Contet Farrier made Fhyfidan, Com. bjr 

D'OmnOe^ btit the whole Dcfign J^ntacy^ 4.10. 167*. —The 

is fo abfurd and impoffible^ thai plot and much of the Language 

it appears iomewhat wonderful of this Play is from Molierit Me- 

it fliould be fo frequently repre- dut»maigreim» -The Seene^is 

Tented as it is, or meet with fo laid in London. 

mooh Applaufe even from the The D*v m v Knight. An 

very Canaille, ■ ' hiftorical Com. by Lewit Macbin, 

The DuKS or GnisE. Trag.- 410. 1608 ^Thc Scene of this 

hyjDr^Aand Lee, 4x0. 1683.— Playiies in Cyprus, and the xno^ 

This Play, altho' in many Parts eflential Incidents of the Plot are 

it is very, fine, met with feve- taken from £tfff^r//o*8 Novels, and 

ral Enemies at its firft Appearance a Play callM the S^eeit, or the 

upon the Stage ; the Nation be- .Excellency of her Sex, 

ing at that Time in a Ferment a- Dumb Ladt cuit*o» Fid, 

bout the Sncceflton, which occa- Mock Doctoe, 

fioncd feveral Pamphlets 10 be The Dutch Covitczan. 

written /ro and tfo«,-»-The Plot is Com. hy J. J^rjfonf 4to. 160c. 

taken from Davila, Me»eray,znA .^The Incident oi Cockkdemoyi 

other Writers on the Reigns of cheating Mrs. Afa/%r«^ the Vint- 

Henry UI. and Cbarht IX. and ner*s Wife of the Goblet and the 

the Story of Af<2/iror» the Conju* Salmon is taken from the CW^ 

rer, from "RoJftCs Hijioira trap'r d»' Monde, or clfe from the fame 

fua.'^Dryden wrote only the nrft Story related in an Engli/b Book 

Scene, the whole fourth A£t, and of Novels, called, the Palace of 

the firft half, or femewhat more, pleafrre. 

of the fifth.— AU the reft of the The Dutch Lovek. Comi 

Play is Lee^%, b> Mrt. Sehn, 1673.*— The 

DvKx OP Lbbma. yU, Stene of this Play lies in Madrid^ 

OiiBAT Favohite. ^ and Hhe Plot is foondied on' th^ 

The DvKE^' or Mill an* Stories of £»/hHfV and '72»M</»rf^ 

Tfag. by P. Maffingery^to. Jfiijw Don Jame ^Frederic, in a 5^tf* 

»— The Pfc>t partly from Cuiceiar' nifh Novel, caned7 Don Fenife, 

dinif Book 8. and partly from TheDvTCHBssorMALPzr. 

Jffepbus's Hijlory of the Jews, Tntf, by John H^elfer, ^.ict. '16^^, 

Book le^Ch. 4. vmere voU be -—The^ Scene lies in Mad 'id, znd 

found the Story ofHerwtta leav» the Story of it is Well ^know in 

ingOrdert with hisUnde yojepb, HiHory.— 1.0^^ de Vega wrofe a 

to put his beloved WifeMtfry^m- Play on the fame Subjefl,' called, 

me to Death, from which the Or- £/ Mayordemo de la Duquejfa de A- 

den given by Sforxd to his Fa- ntalfi ; and befides the Hii^orians 

voritd Francijeo, for th^ Murtfaer of staples, Goulaft has given this 

of the Dutcheis MareeUa YAa Story a Place in his Hj/foim ir^/m/- 

Wife, feelb evidently borrowed, tables, and Bandello has worked it 

DvKE OF Mil AV» Fid. Lo- up in one of his Novels. 

oowick SroBzA. The Duchess of SuFFotr, 

TheDuHx'sMifTEEis.Tra- ber Life, An hiftorical Play, by 

^-Cora. hy Ja^Sbirltff 4to. xdjS. Ho. Heywoody 4to. 1631. -^The 

' Plot 

£ A E A 

PAot h founded on Uiftoiyt tfid OmvuA, attd f6tMTimt,MletA, 

the Story nay be (sen at Uh;? ui btmluai iu Hwals frooi dui 

rti^tM^tyrok^t A. D, »5S^i Stage. 

aAdiaC^ViilSr9tfw/00^^. ftJr* Bajil ef Sfsxx.. >^ Uk« 

p. 5a^i.-«>Sceae X*tfi«iMi. \ iiAtPT FAT««.itX'. 

TImBa« A or Max & MAmB*D« 

_ , ■ . I - '- -'i wMfr tkt Hiammrt •/ Jockcjr tk$ 

Wgbktidm. Tny-comtDsaFaftt 

1^ by y^Bhiliftt ivo* 1716.— TiM 

"^ Piece was never aAed, benig 

meroiy political, on tbt Sueceffes 

3'^H2 Eaul or £is«z.Tr, of thoKisf^s Anuf ogainft tbi 

by Otmyjfutt ^.t7<j^ Rebels^ luaded bjr. the Earl of 

dat C^«ir(7#r4i!(M.— — This ilfiirr, iA the Y«ar 17^5. 

Piece the. Town had been iot Eajil of Waawi«jc« ^ii 

^ome Years in E«pe^UtioA ol^ Got. 

ond\^ OB. ttt Appcannce it met Eaix^ or Wx<tmo«si.akb. 

vrith great Succeifi^taking a Rua Vxi, B«T>tAYsmorBia Conn* 

for tweka KiihU, ajid brining fJi y« 

th« AutiuMr foflte very good Bone-* Eai t va* d Hoft« Com. bf 

fits fince in DuhUit,^^lt has been CL C^^j^nmo, Btfi Jonfou tmA kUr^ 

i»id that he was aflifted in ibo pm^s^. 160$.— TiiM is- a very 

Writing it by the ^1 ofChf^r* good and plonfiag Gomcdf . -**-^ 

i«4(, and the late JLauKat C Cih Fxosn k Htgtrth took , the Pkn of 

i«r. i*— However that be, the P% hit Set of Prints, catted, Theiam 

can fcarcely % Chuqa to any dij/lnms md M Pnatutt. -^ Aai 

^pltal Sha^ pf Merit, fox akho* £Mie Years ago it wat reti'ved for 

the Language may be anlanpiove^ the EntettaimDent fMid Inftrae* 

i|i«Bt on JMf *« PUy of the (iiine tioii of the C^ Youth, on Lord 

tf ame, yefe the Cq>;b4«^ of the Mayor*s Night, in the Stead of 

t^ie«:e is ^^t £9 sood, aor the la^ (fae .Lanfai QMdtf wbdch at had 

cidents ^ aflSe^ngk Up that the for many Xoofi heeo cuAoaioty 

Lrter has a;i.mudi w Advaptafl to pertatt 09 that Nig^, to .the 

la Patlm, e& this has iin Poetiy^ Ififnk of t^e GillMiis, end the 

"the ErAat or Essex* Tng, &i%racc of Iteaiiiy e^d good 

by Hf». Srofikf, ^9, ^761. T^ca. MMnets.-r A* AiteraiM^ of this 

koy4 Dr, Lme* -•-•^ As ajii thp Fiay ws^ made by 7a«r, uoder the 

• |>ieces oC ihas Ti^e^ are founded Title of ^M^ifi Oavem, but 

«o Hiilory, ^ thet «vea of our not fo,0oed as the MgiMl. 

oM^i Country, andoif aPcsioithe JRr^ah, or rt&tf Eogiilh M« 

beft knofw^i t» esegr ]^li/bmmt smM^ Aih licw»k Tti^. bgr ITi 

wtry little LihtartyoaabAtjLqiwit^ J^nmt. -^This Pky is wtlften in 

ihe Stoi^pf it. Yet Bwt^ ieenaety ijcr^ Verft.— TheSoene liaaia 

|»(Ke vAriedrhifs Conduit frpm thf^ i^mtt^\ ihe Vatty of Tiq^o iaio 

pf the former Plays on (fhe &ih* mH^ pf a fen ed, th^ the whole 

|e^ io i9U<;h as tp ^e it {ane^ A^^ioik lies betweui «»4it NooA 

what theAiriff ttloiirelty, gnd i^io aiul ^ At Night; end. the^kt 

deedjMt eply i^osvtha^ "but -from is taken from H^. MMnf/hufi im4 

^e $piotraad Eoergy^f the i.a9^ otisiia jqH^ Sngi^ tfxftoneat. -v— « 

^^negjp, thi? Pii^e a|}P(»^ to ||Vi t^ftteMtt ce^ i1^ e.nmcibk bettor 
^ faireft for maintaifiing its Play than JkavinfcrofTs Ei^ar and 

Ja^ >ttt it f^s far ihort of t^WAib BT. Trag. fcy C&f. 

[erit of i/i7/V AtMwoid. Mar/ow^ 4U. 1 6«2. — This Hay 

GAR AND ALr«XDA,Tr. IS Very fu: tfroiB a bad one* and 

Ravn^cnft, 4X0. 16177 s — contnMth^Fa^mf M9f^met,mi 

Pbf is Ott the Cuoc Story the Life and Death of Fiers G»- 

s preceding one, but tfa^ «^off» Earl ^fCowuuUf, and chief 

of U feei»ij»gly borrowed Favorite of that wifortmate P^^ 

a Novel, caUed, Ti^e AnHah together wkh hitowa Death, a*4 

9€. — Ths^ctnt Het m. M4a^ the troublefome Events of hll 

Middk^Engiani, atid there Kelgn.— The Scene lies pattiy ia 

wad toitaJLdfeof £^m-K« Knglandy and partly ui <?^«iK»y 

e ITf^ £«M(n. «nd the Story keeps very cktfe 19 

CAR AND £mMXLIK£« liifiOTJ. 

Fairy Tale, by W, Hm^kf" i^yffi^* lU. hi H^.— A« 
y Svo, 1761, Dr, Lme,-^^ >iiAofy, fuadry Times played a- 
little Piece met with great bout the City of Londin, AnoA. 
Si in the Reprefeniation, and 4^0. 1 5^. — ^!*he Plot finMi 0^ 

d defenredly. -; The Ei- £/»|r/^^ ChroBiides. 

;e of Sex in £%<fr and £m- £i>wAa» ill. tvitA t$e Faff $/ 
; by the Command of the Mortimer, E, $/ Match. Hiilo. 
t:s, to enable them to receive rical Play, 4X0. 1690. — Anoayin* 
mpreifions of Love ankaiowa —-Ctocaerf hovrever, attribales it 
smfelves, thro' the Convey-, to yobn Bancrvfty vrho, as he 
of Frkndlhip, is a new and fays, made a Prefent of rt t^ 
Y Thoiight 5 the Condoft of Mcuvtfort the Aftor. — The Scene 
iibie, rational, and delicate, lies at Nmin^am, and ehe Plot 
iie Behaviour of thosfe little is from the Em^tijfy Hi4l($fy, atid a 
ioaryBeiflgs the Fairies, con- Novel, called^ The Qmnteft ^ 
1 with the Ideas we have Salift»ory. 

antly formed of them.^*-in a Edwarjd. IV, An Hliloncal 
d, altogether, it is a very Play, in two Parts, by ^. Hr^- 
ing Entertainment, and is voobd. — WL4nc9p and ^e Author 
ired ftill moa-e io by the Ad- of the Bfitijh Theatre, have called 
n of the mu^cal Interludes, this Edward Vf . 
:eby the main Aftion is bro- Edward and £czako«a. 
in upon and relieved. Trag. by Ja. T^mfiftf 8yo. 1736. 

9 WA R B L An.htftorical •— This is far from^eing a ba4 
4 by Ge9. F^aU, 4to. 1 593. PJay, yet met with verylittle Suc- 
'he Title act length rOns as cefs in the Repreientation. — ^The 
ws, 7ht faoMus ChromcJe of Plot is builc on the afFe^ing Cir- 
• Edward the firfi^ furnannd cumftance of conjugal Love, in 
gihankes , mattb his Retarue EUanora to Edward I. who when 
the Ho^ Load, Alfr the Life her Hulband, at that Time not 
kueUen ReheU in Wales. ■ ■ King, received a Wound with a 
ty^ thejinkiftg ef^eetu Elinor, poifoned Arrow in the Holy Wars, 
fuack at Charing Crofle, and ctired the Wound by fucking out 
agtin at Pottcr*8-hith, nvto the Poifon, altho* to the apparent 
td Quetnhith.^^or the Story Hazard of her own Life. 
ViJ^bam, and other Ei^lifb Edward the Black 
Oli«les. Pa I N c E, or the Battle e/"Poicticrs. 

G Trag. 


Trag. by W, Shirlef^ Svo. 1750. of a Piece fo vecent wA fo defer* 
—This Tragedy ts founded on a vingly celebrated, woiUd be ▼aia 
very glorious Circumftance of the and unneceilary. I Aail there- 
Englifr Hiftory.— It is, however, fore only refer my Readeri<Mvhtt 
very poorly executed, and confe- I have faid of this Author*! other 
qoently altho* very ibongly fup'. Piece CarmBacut^ which will f 
ported by the Performance, it de- qually agree with this. — > In the 
ftrvedly met with very indifferent Piece before us, however, th( 
Sttccefs. Bard has more ftridly adhered to 
.Sdwaid the Black the Rules of the ancient Tragedy, 
pKXNCB,or/i&0^tf/fi!p^Poi6Her8. than in hltCaraffaau, having here 
.Trag. by Mrs. H(E>^^r.-»This Piece admitted no more than thrse 
was peiformed at the Playboufe fpeaking Charadera, the reft be* 
xaGoodrnmCs Fields^ about 1748, ing entire^ Ode anid Chorus.— 
by a patched up, wretched fet of He has, moreover, agreed ia 
Performers, excepting Mifs Bud- Point of Cataftrophe with HiU 
gell, who a£ted the principal He- and other dramatic Writers on 
roine.-— The Author being a Wo- this Story, by making EifridM de- 
man, and entirely unufed to Wri- vote herfelf to a mo«aftic life 10 
ting,' this Play proved as bad as avoid a Marriage with Edgars 
the laft mentioned one, and being whom Hiftory, on the contrary, 
ufhered into the World under aflures us ihe became Queen to, 
fuch terrible Di fad vantages, died and furvived, nor foun3ed her 
in the Birth, and was entirely Monafterytillafterihehad, inor- 
loft in its original Obfcurity. der to obtain the Succeffion for 

Edwin. Trag. by Jefferm^ her own Son, procured the Mur- 

Svo. X 7»l. A£ted in Lincoln* t- der of her Son-in-Law Edward, 

Jnn-Fields, with but iittle Sue- Elica. An Ital. Opera, per- 

cefs. formed at the K. 's Theat. in the 

The El o E R Bt o't H E a . Com. Havmarka, 1715. .«.- This Opera 

by Beaumont and Fletcher, 4to. is rounded on the Story of Dido ; 

X 629 ; played ,with great Ap- and the Scene laid in Carthage 

plaufe. ^ and the Country round it. 

The Election^ Com. Anon. Elmerxc^ Trag. by Geo. 

Svo. 1749. " LiUoj Svo. 1735, *^«d«t Drury 

Electra. Trag. by C, TV, Lane, 

\iz. Cbr, f^afe, Svo. 1649. This Elpioia, or the generoui Ri» 

is only a Tranflation from So- vals. An Ital. Opera, by Sig. 

pbocles, Apojhlo Zeno^ Svo. 1715* per- 

Electra. Trag. hy Lewis formed at the HavmarJket, The 

Theobald, — Tranilated from the Hiftory of this Opera is taken 

Greek of Sophocles, with Notes, from a Poem, called, Vbalia Li- 

Svo. 1 7 14. herata, hy Prijine, and the Scene 

E l F R I D, or the fair Jnconfiant, lies in theCountry round Ravenna, 

. Vid, Athelwolo. *-As there was but little Time 

EtraiDA. Dramatic Poem, for preparing this Piece for the 

by Mafon, Svo. 17 51. — This Prefs, it has not a Verbatim 

Piece was not defign*d for the Tranflation annexed to it as ufoal. 

Stage, but is written after the Elvira, or the fFarft not ai- 

XI;inner of the Greek Tragedy, -r- ways true. Com. by a PeHon of 

7^0 attempt giving any Char aiglet QjMi^t^ \^Im^V^C^ t« be Lord 


Bk'giy) 4to. 1667. — Tbe Scene of Pantomimesy withoat either, 

lies in Falends. ■ -The Plot is Meaning or Poflibility, which (o 

veiy intricate and bufy I and from repeatedly at this Time- bring 

ibme Part of it Mts. Centlhfrt crowded Houfes, to the great In- 

feems to have borrowed the Hift. dulgence of both the Indolence 

of her Wcniery or a Woman keept a and Avarice of Managers, and the 

Stcret, utter Diicouragement of dramatic 

Emilia. Tragi-Com. 8vo. and theatrical Genias. 
1672. Dedicated to tbe onhf few» Empikic. A7^. Wits. 
-^ In this Dedication the anony The Empress op Mo k o c c o. 

mous Author confefS^s that the Trag. hyEik Settle, 4to. 167 1.— 

Hint of his Plot was taken from This Play is written in Heroic 

the 'CofianxA di R^amondo of jlu- Verfe, and is the firft that evU^ 

reiio AtrHi, — The Scene lies in was adorned with Cuts. — It was' 

Micena, and the Unity of Place, in fuch high Efteem. that in the 

befides that of Time and Perfons Year 1673, it was a£led at Coorty 

is fb-exa£Uy obferved, that there and the Lords and Ladies of the 

i» no bredcing of the Scene until Bedchamber performed in it. 

the End of the AA. It however eicited the Envy of 

The Empekok op the Dryden, Sbadweff and Crown, who 
EkffT. Tragi-Com. by P, Maf' all wrote againft it, but SettU'i 
fiigery 4to. 163a.— 'This is a very Caufe being warmly efpoufed by 
'geodv Pky j the HiAory from the the Duke oi Buckingham and Lord 
Life of the younger T^ffM^^r,. and "kach^er, who in their Anfwers 
tiK Scene laid in Caafiaatiwpk, — handled Dryden very roughly ; the 
Z.iir£eems in his 7%Mi/i^i/Xy or the Play ftood its Ground, and its 
Forcf of Lame, to have borrowed Opponents appeared to have thje 
iSotme Hints from this Play; par- worft of the Argoment. 
ticnlarly that of TbeodofiuCz Neg- The Empress opMorocco. 
]%ence as to public AShkr% ex- Farce, 4to. 1674, faid to be writ- 
tending to fuch a Length, as the ten by Tbo Duffet \ the Epilogue 
^viflg his Sifter Pulcberia an ab- (fpok^ by Hecau and the three 
feiute Power even over the Life Witches) bieing aaewFancy,.4ifter 
ef his beloved Atbfnait, by Means the old and mo^ farprizing Way 
of n Blank figned and delivered of ^iaehetb $ performed with new 
to her. and coftly Machines, which were 

The Emperor or the invented and managed by the moft 

'Moon, Farce, by Mrs. Bebn, 4to. ingenious Operator, Henry fVrigbt, 

1687. — ^This Piece js taken from P.G;(^. 
Jbrkfu/n Empereur dans U Monde Enamoui^eo Girdle. Fid, 

de la Lane, which was originally Cr there a. 

. tranflated from the Italian, — ^Mrs. - The En c h ant ep Lover s. 

' Bebn,- however, has made great -A dramatic Paftoral, by Sir Wm, 

Alterations^ and rendered it ex- Jjower^ iirao. 1658.*- Scene in 

tremdy full of whimfical and en- the Ifland of Eritbrem in Per* 

tertaining Bufinefs. I t is even tugal, 

yet ibmetimes played, and feldom The Enchanter, ot Love 

without Applaufe, and is indeed, and Magic, Mufical Entertainment 

•however abfurd, many degrees of two A^ 8vo. 1761. Drury'_ 

jBore ntianal than the dumb ihew L4ffr.<— This: Piece is aaQQ:)tn»^^, 

Ox . . %sA. 


i»fi indeed hfii very! Httle M^tt /Z»'s Be«tfit wken that Berfonner 
as to either the Defign or the £x* g£t^ the Part of&udtf and Mifs 
ocucioa. NikcUin that of Lucititia, which 

IvDYMXOiN. Com. by y. L*/- feemed written tntircly to gfre 
5Py lamo. 1593; perforxncd be- h<r an Opportaaity of diiflay. 
ion Q;jE4iM^A^i by the Children lag her vario«a Q^Uficationt of 
el thct^hapel and of PmuT^ The Mufic, Singing and Dancing, in. 
Story from Luiiaii*% Dialogue be- all of v^ich ihe obtained univer- 
tween Fanu and the Mtem^ and ial Applaufe.— *The Author him-* 
other of the Mythologiftt. felf afterwards repeatedly pcrfoaB- 

£n DT M ION, or tbt Idem itt the c4 the Part ^Buck, yet it is diffi-^ 
M»^^, A Mai^oe^ 410. 1698. ~» colt to (ay, which of the two did 
#bi8 is printed at the End of a the Chamber the greateftjufticc. 
tDDOQcdy) calkd, Jmftjjknre. dtfett^ -»The Piece feems dc6gn«i teex-^ 
Ud, which thercnn I refer pofe theAbfiiidity oficndwgear 
yoo to. Yo«th abroad to catch the Vicei 

EMGLAND^sGLoaT, APoem, and Follies of our Neighbour Ka- 
pcrfbrmed in . a mufioU Enter- tipii^ y yet there it fomewhat of 
tainment before her Maiefly (Qv^ an InconfiAency in the Ilortrait.of 
^ikuM^ on her happy Birth Day, the EngHJbmMtty that fcarcely 
Fol. 1706. Dedicated to the renders the Executioa anfwcrabk 
Qoqea by 74. Knmkm^^ who to the Intention. —-^This littU 
tompoiiBd the molkal Parts, to this Comedy waa imagiiied to be a 
I^oem, made ia. the Fbtm of aa Burlcique oa-JM. i Btigjf^ ¥wm^ 
O^ra. cfTj « i.MN&«i«— On m coaipflnft% 

Emslish Catalisbs* VU^ hoiwever, there does not appear 
Ga^vxT. the flighted Hefcmbiaaoe, 

The £ii«xiSH RavAts, or TheE%i6bis«MAii nsTUBii** 
idtf Tawit. Sfmrin^ Qpm. by J, prou Pa«.}S« Cmb. ef twt 
Crfiwi^ 4R>. i690..r* Scene Lm- A^ by^ £«nu ^wfr, 8w. 175<« 
iCm.— 'That this Codaedy did not — ^Tbis is a Sequel to the tee- 
joaect nrith fo maeh Succefs as foing Piece, wherein the Ea^^ 
iBOie other of this Author's mumt who before was. a Bntfe, ia 
i^ieces, may be gathered from the now become a Coac co m b} iiram 
Account he himfelf gives o^the b^ng abfurdly avcrfie to ovary 
Obje^ieos againft it, and hts De- Thing foreigni is grown tmo a 
fi^e in the Preface to the Play. Deteftafion of every Thing domcf-. 
English Iptxllzgzn* tic{ and rde^ the very Wmnan, . 
csR. yid, MsRcuaius Baix^ now poifeis*d of enry Ad^raatagc, , 
TAMcus. whom- he before was ruiuBg 

The English La WTK It. C. headlong into Macriage wath» 
liy S, tUtiftnkrpfr, 4to. 1678. — when deilitute of any. — This 
This is only a Translation with Piece is much more dsnmatk and 
irery Mtlk Akeration QiiJiaggli% compleat than the other, and has 
Vatin Comedy, called Igiitamus, a greatef. Variety of CharaAmatn 
—The Scene Bourdeaux, . it, two mere cfpecia%, Cr^k, tad 

The Englishman in Pa- M^Mutbui, which^ am finely. 
•JS. Com. of 2 A£b, by Smi, drawn ; but the CttcumAance of 
FmM» 8«n. 1753. -***-This little the Cataftmphe being bioogbt n-^ 
fteef mm frith gteac Succcft 5 its bout by Lmn'mWt pramadsag to 
itft Apfcaraipat wa|,for Mdek', h^ve pcifon'd Sir John Suck in a 

E N 

^iih of Tea> Is by no Means a 
new Thought. 

£n6l18hmxn pox my Mo- 
MET, or Ajy^mgn will bmf€ her 
Will, Com. 4to« 1626. Anonym. 
— 'Theiv it an Edition of it alfo 
under the laft Title only, 410. 
163 1.—- Scene Pcrntgal, 

English Monakcr. Vid» 

The English Monsiivk* 
Com. by y a. Howard, ^tb, 1674. 
^-This Play was a£ted with gooid 
Succefs ^ and it is not improba- 
ble from the RefcmblanCe of Cir- 
cumftancesj that Prince Voljcius's 
falling in Love with Parthew^, 
at tho Inftant he is pulling off 
his Boots, to go out of Town, (in 
the JUbearfal) may have been in- 
tended to glance at the Charac- 
ters of Com^ and Eljbttb in this 
Comedy.— &ene lies in London. 

The English Moor, or the 
M^ch MarriagBm Com. by Rich, 
Brtmtf 8vo. 1659. — — Scene 

The English I^rinces^, or 
the Domb of Richard the Third, 
Trag. written in the Year 1666$ 
aaed at the D. of TorlCt Theatre. 
-—This Play has been afcribed to 
John Corel. — The Plot is from 
Holingfieeulf Speed, &c. And the 
Scenes are laid in the Head Quar- 
ters of K. Richard and the Earl 
of Richmond, while they are in the 
Sight of each other. 

The English Rogue. Com. 
hy no, ThompfoM, 4to. 1668. — 
^cznc Vemce, 

The English Traveller. 
Tragi-Com. by Tbo, Heywood, 
4to. 1633. — The Plot and Lan- 
guage of young Lyotieland Reginald, 
are taken from the MofiJlaria of 
Plaututp but as to the Story of 
•IdWiacoie and his Wife Qeral- 
dine, and Dolavil, the Author in 
hisiiifl^ oflVomeny |^ib. 4. page 
269, where he has related it 

E. N 

moie at huge, affirms it to be aa 
abfolute Faa. 


Feast. Com. —This Piece is 
mentioned by Kirkman, but with^ 
out either Date or Author*s 

Entextainmint AT K* 
James the firths Corona- 
tion, by Benjonfott, Fol. 1640* 
— ^This HececonMs only of con- 
gratulatory Speeches fpoken to his 
Majefty at Fencburcb, Temple Bar 
and the Strand, in his Way to 
the Coronation, with the Author *s 
Comments to illuftrate them. 

The Entertainment at 
Richmond. A Mafque $ pre- 
fented by the moft ilIuftrioa» 
Prince Cbarlei to their Majefties, 

An Entertainment at 
Rutland House, by Declama- 
tion and Mufic, after the Man- 
ner of the Ancients, by Sir W, 
Davenant, Svo. 1657.— The Vo- 
cal and Inflrumental Mufic com- 
pofed by Dr. Cba, Coleman, Capt. 
Hen, Cooky Mr. Hon, Lawes, and 
Mr. Ceo. Hud/on, 

The Entertainment of 
King Charles I, into Edin^ 
^rgi, June 15, 1633, 4to. 

The Entertainment of 
King James and Queen 
Anne at Theobalds, wben 
the Houfe was delivered up with 
the Podeifion to the Queen, by 
the Earl of Salijbury, May zz, 
1607, the Prince Janvil/e, Bro: 
ther to the Duke of Gtt^e being 
then preent, hy Ren yon/on, ¥oi. 

The Entertainment op 
THE k. AND Qu, onAIay Day 
in the Morning 1604, at Sir 
fVm, CornwaHiis Houic at High- 
gate, by Ben Jonjon, Fol. 1640. 

The Entertainment qf 
the Qu . a n d Pr . at Lord Spen- 
cers at AUhorpe, on Sat, June \ 5, 
2603, as they came iirft into the 
C i Ki . - 

2640. WiDowt Wish. "^ 

l%e ElfTtRTA4i«MCitT or Ekmsmia. Ab kaliaa Pafto- 

IniB TWO KiK6« or GftXAT nl, conpoled by Bonomtnif 8vt>. 

BmTAtif AHO pSHMAftK «t 1713.— —TlwP1«t of Hie Story 

Ti»i^tf'ir, ^^ S4» 1606, ky Btn tvkea from T«^*« Jprmfakmme li* 

Jmtftn, Fol. 2640. ——-This En^ ^ar«rtf. r--^cne Jerufalem, Ctfrc 

tntaiftOKnt h ircry hom, and/ ^^s Camp axvd otfaor Places 

c^hB&i doefly of Bpignm8« near it. .. 

, * Ah BNTXtTAiNMBNTr cv- EnNZLiMOA. An lul. Open, 

^n% Pmivcc^Y Bim^H Dat> 8vo. 1715$ por fonn e d at the 

iPfTlv. NaUa, 4to. x63S. K.*s Theat. in the Hapnmrkit* 

Tht £>HSSiAN Matron^ —Scene in the Kingdom of the 

Farct of one. Ait, hjCba, J^mt, Goths, 

fvo. X730. iEsop. Com, in two Ptrtj^ 

"EtlQKV^fathtfientWman* \ijS\x J, Vanhru^, ^to. 1698.— 
Com. by Ben Jonjony 410. 1609*. thefecond fart, not added tiM the 
—'—Thxa is accounted one of the third Edition in iimo. 1720. -«- 
beft Comedies extant> and is al- This Play is taken from a Com. 
ways afted vrxth uniTOcfal Ap- of Bourfimt'Sf written about fif . 
plaufe.—^The Scene lies in I.9i»W<E>ff. Years before it ;. but the Scenes 
—The long Speeches in the firft of Sir PMorui hogfyt, the flay- 
Book rare tnnilated Verbatim, rn, the Senator, and the Btawy in 
ftom.Ovfd tie Arte >/ftttandi ) and a Word, Part of the fourth, and 
a great deal in other places bor- the whele„of,tfae fifth A€t are en- 
towed from the 6th SatjT oiju- tire Originals.— The Play con- 
•i;*ntf/ againft Womenu tains a -great deal of genuine Wt, 

Erinicvs. Com. tranHated and ufeful Satire, yet had not the . 

from f^bttfhtSt by Laxvr, £chard, Surcefs it deienred to^meet witiiy . 

with critical Remarks j but ne- efpeciayy on the two firft Nights, 

ver intended for the Stage.*— The, nor did it. ran above a.Week to* 

fce^se of this Piece lies at Aibem, gethtr, notwithftanding that tiie 

^» -The Time about Bve or fix french, which is not by many de- 

Houn. grees io good a Piece, held out 

Sp4 Nf Wkx LS. Com. by forupwaoAi oi a Month at P«r/i. 

If. Sba^Wf/ff 4X0. 1676. -^This JL^th^, w Faith triumphant* 

i^iece has fo much of the tme A iacred Tragedy, byTi^^. Brere- 

fi/icsmra about it, that it was- ton^ 8tOv 1716*— This is only a 

grc2ttl« admired even by Foreign* Tc^flation at large of the Eftbee. 

cri, Yb^ famous St. E-vretewnd^ in of Retetm^ by whom this Play 

pjBrtkular, has flKMie no Scrapie was originally written on the 

of tankiog it in Point of Merit Foandatioo of theKtSnnery of St* 

with Bern Jmfeus Bew tb e hem w ^> aoiaAedbythe Nnnsofthat 

Wt^ \ yet it could nM cfcape the Foundation, in. the Prefonee is^ 
Malevolence a^ Envy of ^nme of* hmii XIV.-— In the -Chaan^lerrof 

the Attthor*s Cotemporaries. Ahafuena and Eftber^ many very 

E<t.vAi.. M.ATCH. Vid, fine t^ompliments tre paid to 

Wits. L^idtXlY.^tA Madame ^Msin^ 

B<tviFA«B OP liovK#f , jiFS/. IMiM, the Founders of tlut Non- 

Siniw. Laok^.s Aijm» JKty j aai tbc.PMlofoe m tlie- 


etiwaaer nT ^ktyj^ it, peduf s^ ^ Ori^nal/*- Thb Play had 
one «f tiMfiiieft Fieott^Pietrjr Um Dormant and nnemplojrcd 
<€ its X«]iflli jm iIk FivfffA La»- for many Yeart, from its Revival . 
Suage. ;^r the HcftoratioR, till liu. 

EfTJiKji. Aa Omono^ 4I0. Gmritk^ ia the Year 1749 ^ 
173a ; i«ifonned at tha JUag't hroiight it once mare on the 
TbeaL tn the Haymrnktu-^IYA Stage, vvithfoanefew Alteratiotia 
Um&K,\fiHmdd^ aad an. Additktial Scene ofhis 

£TSAacvt. An Openiy 8to. <m&; ever £nce which Time it 
1711 \ petfiMrmed at die Hstf has contiantd to be a Stock Play,v 
MMrr^.— Oadicatifn by N» Utym* and to be perfonned very freqnent- 

Am, Etzvihg AnvsMTvac, ly every Seaibn> ■ ■ Y et loiach. 
OTp a Nigl>t*i Jntripu. Com. from doobt, if in any ftianw Period, 
the Spaai/b, Anonym. 1680. But this Piece will ever appear to the 
I look upon it to be the fame Advantage it did at riiat Time^^ 
Play, withuanejnentioiMd;JiyGRjKv fince, exclufive of Mr. GarridCs 
oterif under the Title of an £«tm- own Abili^es italCttefy, and thofis 
>^*« Imtrtguty and attributed by of Mefl*. fyoodward and Sbtaer, 
him tDiCi^t. J, Sttvmt, in the refpedive Parts of Capt. 

EvBNiii 6*« Iir T Ki c V I. Fid, BohadilznA Mafter Stephens, there 
MASqjgnjiAnx. was fcarcety any one Character 

An £vxNi»G8 Lov.i,.orri^ throu^out the whole^ that coxild 
Mwk Aftrokger, CoxOi hy y. Dry- be conceived by r aa Audience ijx 
dem, 4to. 1671. — This Play met die ftrong Li^t that they were, 
with good Succefs, yetttisaMafii reprefented by each ieveral Per- 
o£ borrowed Incidents. 7 'he fbrmance : foch is the prodigious 

principal Jlot istbuilt on Conteitk't Advaotage^x with Refped to % as 
femt ji/Mogue, (borrowed itfelf Audience, of the Gendodt of a 
iu>m CaUeron^t Ei Ap'oleg^JhpdQ) Theatre being lodged' in the 
and the reft taken from Mohere^t Hands of a Man, who being hlaa- 
Depii amawreuxy and Lpt prea'tufits felf a pcvfeA Mafter -in the Pn>« 
ridicules, and ^uinatdt's VAmtmt feffion> is > able lo diftinguifh the 
iadifcret, togemer with Ibroe peculiar Abilities Of each ladi* 
Hinb ifirom ^iaAtf|^«rtf. -— * The vidual under him^ and to adapt 
Sicene Madeid, and the Time the theno- to thc^ Charai^rs , in - 
lall £vening oC the Carnival inthc ¥^ich they are either by Nature 
Year ^665^ or Acquirement the bell qual^d 

EvzRY Act A Plat» Vid, to make a Figure. 
NovxLTY, SvxaY Man- in Mia^^wir 

Everyman in nas .Hv- Foily. ^^. CoNV•IS«I£«a.. 
■tooa. Com. by £^ jVff/fav, 4to» Sviry Ma]» 00 t of na* 
159S. — ^This Comedy is, perhaps^ liij mo v a . 6on. by Ben J^tfrnt^ 
aa Point of . the . Redundance o€ 4ro. 1599* — - TIlia Play is com- 
Cham^rs- and Power of ^ Lao- fofed of a 'gaeat Varrety of ^a^ 
jIMgc^ liot inleffior to any of tin* «a^ep8, iiit«iTiip«ed and comaaea*- 
Author^s Wofks.*--*-^ Faom the «d on 4n 4<he llainner of 4he Mi> 
Ckamd«rof«i2F#if;^, it ispretty 6- cieot l^raflM, by a Grtst, or 
^dent that Dr. Hoadiey tooit the Company of ;Perions, who ^l>eiog 
Ideaof IvB StnBtmd^ in the 'Suf- tm ^he Stage the whdle ^me, 
^idmt Mujband^ in Which, 4iow- liave the Appearaace of Aaditors, 
ever> h( has ioUm fat IkmxM but are in Reality a Set of loie*. 


EU , EX 

Itrutnrs, who by their Dialogue, Eifwvcwui. Com.' A Tranf^' 
among themfelves, explain ' the latbn of one of Ten0ce*s Gome- 
Author's Intention to the real diet of this Nsme, by Richard 
Aiulience.— This Pra&ice i9 now £«nMr^, 4(0. 1596. 
almoft entirely left off; yet as the The.£v]mreH. Tra^. by ffm, 
Charaders in this Piece are moft Hemmings, X644. 
of them perfeA Originals, all The Eomroa, ortht Derby 
painted in the ftrongeft Colours Captmn, Farce, by Ibo, Co$ke, %wo^ 
and apparent LikeneiTes offereral X737. «— ~This Piece is taken 
well known Exigents in real Lifie, chtdly fnm the Milts gkritfta of 
I- cannot help thinking that with Plautus^ and the BumAm of Te- 
very little Alteration more than rmcir.— It was aded at the Theat. 
an Omiilion of the Grex, this Royal in Dr, Lam. 
Play might be rendered extremely Sua 1 dick. Trag. by David 
fit for theprefent Stage. Mallet^ 8to. 173 1»- a^d at Dn 

EvxaY Woman in nza Lmit with great Sacceft. 

livMQVB. Com. 1609. Anon. Euais>ici, or the Devit bat- 

Evxa'T Woman in hxb ffck^d, Faree, by Htn, FieUii^t 

HvMOVK. Farce of two A&s^ 8vo. 1735$ *^^ *( ^^ Little 

X760. — This little Piece has ne- Theatre in the Havmarkity but by 

^r yet appeared in Print, but the SubjeAofthe following Piece, 

was performed at l>r. Lant Houfe, it appears to have been without 

at the Time mentioned above, for Succefs. 

Mrs. C/wtf' 8 Benefit, -whom it is Euaioxcx hissed or aWwd 

therefore not improbable may be U the JVij9» Farce, by H. Fiddmg^ 

the Authe> of it, as that Lady 8vo. 1736.11 Thjs> very Iktlo 

had-once before declaredly dipp'd Piece is- puhlifhed, and I fuppofe. 

her Fiogera in Ink. (See Bayes in was a£l^, at the End of the Hi' 

Petticoats) There is no extraordi- Jforieal iii^i^^.— — -It feems to be 

nary Merit, however., in any intended as a kind of Acquiefcence 

Part of it, excepting in the Cha- with the Judgment of the Public, 

rafter of an old Maiden Aunt, in its Condemnation of the laft 

which Mrs. Clive performed her- mentioned Farce, at the fame 

felf* Time apologia ng for it, as being 

EporNiA. Trag. hs PbiUp only a mere Lx/irx of his Mufe, 

Francis, 8vo. i75x.— <This Play and not. the Employment of any 

akho* a Tragedy, is written in of his more laborious or fhidious 

Profe, and is little mofe than a Hours. . 

Tranflation of a. FrMf^-, Comedy, EuaoPx*s RxviLe for the 

caird, Otiia, and of which a Pmce, ami hi* Mc^tftfs happy Re 

^jj^ral^Tranflation was publiihed tttm, A Muiical Interlude, by 

the very, fane Year, under the P. Motttux, 4X0. 169^. •< ^This, 

Title pf Ceni A, or. thefippvi'd Piece was written on Occafion of 

Z)<iagfi6/^.^-Notv^tthilaBdijig Mr. the Peace at Ryjwick, and was- 

Garrick play'd the principal Part, performed at the Theat. in Lia- 

and the other Chaa£ter8 . were /iAi ViSm-FM&li \ annexed to it is 

well -performed, it would not by a Paocgyrick Poem which was 

any Means fucceed, nor was the fpoken by way of Prologue to 16. 

Run .of it, if I am perfe^ i|i my —The Mofic by J* EccUs,. 

RecoUe£tion, abofe three or Uur X^^ Examvlx. Tragi -Comw 

Nigbtf* hy yia* ShirJty^ .4tQ, 1637. 



99^ «E1 


^'li. QviKM. 

£zci8x. A Tr^fi-comical Bal* 
kd Opera of three A^, 8vo. 
•733' — — " No* intejidtd for the 
Stage. - 


P « I N c X, OP thefs/fe Rekck. Tr. 
hy Capt. XT. i^Ai&r, Fol. 1^9.— 
T« tfa^s Play the Pu^UflKr, with- 
out the Author's OoncwrreBce or 
Knowledge, a<kkd in. the Title 
tlKfe Wocds, '< Bfitwg tbtF^fi 

fht in a Piayr- ^This induced 

tVe Pnhlk to inagiac they lboiil4 
fiad the Defijn of it tt> be a Nar^ 
rative of that Pkit which Ca|»t. 
Bedkt had £» coofidefaUe a HaUd 
SB the Difcovcriiig. — They found 
themfehet, however, dtfappoini* 
•di The Plan of thb Ph^ bdag 
founded on a Story itkted hf 
BefUm in hia CopHofrafif, -<« The 
Seeoe iiea at Qrmma ta Gmrpm, 
the Pky was ^rfuiily wcitatea 
.two Memht Time. 
'The iBxiLx. Coax, fay, WFi 
Quke fii.Nmtafikl 810. ili^. 
mir^A&tA wi^,gr«t Affhuife* 

The Sxr«i^»soic er t«b 
I>ANZi PR&M Britain, l^n^. 
hfSik. Stole. 

The Extra VAC AKT Jvs- 
T4CB. Fane, hy ^W. Mkrfdtk,'^ 
Of this I koom nothing but the- 

The Bktravagavt Sx^p- 
»XRO. .A Paftoral Comedy, by 
7. R, 4to. t^54«— ..'£hi$ Piece is 
tranflated from theFmr^ afT, 
ConuUk, and is founded on* 
aoHKe^ tailed, Lf/k, or the €xtfmr< 
ewywi r Sb^batrJyin Folio. 

Estrata«aiit Zxalot. 
Kuf. HxiMOiS Pniifcx 




HE FacTSOva CiTtxxM, 
Of tke Melancholy KJimar, 

dm, 4to. 1635* — Scene Meir* 

TheTAia Captivx. Trag, . 
by Mrs. %tcw«dL— Aaedet X>f» 
hem^i \%%\, 

Fair ¥.wi.Uy rU Miller' sD0Kgh^ 
tet^fifMamhe/h»y with tie Lvnt ef ' 
U^Uiam the Ceaifiterur, A pka» 
£int Com. 4ra. 1631. — Thia = 
Piece is not divided into A£l8. 

Tlie FAia^ExAMVLX, or 4be 
Med^ Qitiztn, Com. Ailoaynu . 
4to. 1706. — — A£ted atHrwryi- 
Ltne^ with ApfhMtfe.—^— Scent - 

The Fair Favor ITB. TragU 
Cam. by Sit U^, Dmmwu, FoUv 

Fair^Grxxx. Fid,, Irxkb. 

jFaix Grxxk. f%tL Hiaaw» 

The; Fairibs. Oftn, 8vo. 
lT554-^jMaUttle EnteitauuBeal 
was aded at Dr, I.m«» witKgteale 
A»U^y.iim PartabciaY maftl]^ 
reSocmed' by Childwn. -~Th« 
man Defiga of k, and much of 
the Langnagi^ it boifowed from . 
U^t^eis Midfmmtr Nigi^t 
Dnmh buftftficral Songaatein* 
tmdttOBd infta it iiuMn aaany of • 
our moft cakbi«feed poctk Wo* 

EAia^IwcoiisTAirT. Fid, 


Faxa LiBxarms. f?i»Ri#. 
TAL Winow. 

The Fair Main op Bris- 
TOLa. Oona. 4ID. 1 60$— in ^ oE 
Biack Letter. 

Tlie FaxRt. Ma in op Clip- 
Tow. Vid. Vow Brxajcxx. ^^ 

The Fair Maid or -rufc 
ExcsAKOB, with tie metry Hd" 
mmn ^tbe QfiffU tf Fenchmrchk 
60m. AnoBym..j637. 

The Fair Mazb or tkb 
3biN. Tasgi-Coaa. by Bmmmm 
and Bkuker^ Fel. liz^— The 
Plot af MariMU^t di£Mming Ca^ 
fmm for her Son, and the iHJce^s 
isjuni^eajU) »pexy hifn, is relt- 



fedd by Omfin, in hit Hofy Ctitrt,^ 
TKe Scene lies in Florence, 

The Faii Maid of the 
^is-r, or tf Girlwmb Goid.^-^ 
Com. in two Parts, by Tb4, H*^ 
«^> 4to. 1 63 1. —-Both thefe 
Pieocs met with general Appro- 
bttidny and were favoated with 
the Pidcnce of the King and Qu.. 
—The Scene lies at Pfymouth, and 
the Plots are original. — ^Nor can 
there be a much ftronger Proof 
of the Bftination they were held 
in» than y0bn Damcef^^n having 
formed from it a Novel, called, 
the EngliA Ltvert. 

Th$ Fa I a of St. G x k- 
MAINS. Farce, by (huU,^^^ 
This is only a Tfanflation from 
B9mUm&UF9ire^de'^t, Girmmtis. 

Tilt Fair Pznitxnt. Tr. 
hy a, Rewe, 4to. 1703.— Aaed 

t^Litic$At*s-Imi'FMri This 

Play is fo well known, and it ib 
ffcquently performed^ and always 
witih the greateft Applasfe, that 
little need be faid of it, more than 
to hint that the Ground-work of 
itis- built on the Ftttal Dam of 
Mefimfer.'-^It has, however, bera 
ohjoaed by ibme, that the Cha- 
laAer ■oftl^di^ -can fcarcely de* 
iertetheTitte of a Penitent, as 
all her AnguiA even to the laft 
fttrnt more to proceed from the 
Senfe of Shame than Guilt. 

The Fa J ft QvAxxit of 
DzAX, or the Humourt oftbeNa^ 
yy. Com. by Charks Cbadwell, 
4x0, 1 714.— This Play has no ex- 
tnordUiary Merit in Point of 
Language, yet the Plot of it is 
bttfy and entertaining, and tlie 
Contraft drawn between -the rough 
brutifli Tar, and- the^ fttU more 
difguftM Stin J<tp,« in the Cha- 
MAers of^Commoddrei F//]^ and 
Beau Mimny is faf* fram being 
a bad Pifhire of the Manners of 
fome of the feafaring Gentlemen 
even of thh Ags^ 4t.the £11 


Timt that their ready Rcfen^jf- 
tioR, on being convinced of tbeii^ 
Errbrs, is » juft Compliment to 
the Uhderfhmdings of a Set of 
WUnfVthxi are the greateft Glory 
oi Britain, and the Terror of aU 
t^ reft of £Wit»^. 

Pairx QvAinxL. Com« hj 
Tbc, MUddliton, 4toi 16x7. Rtw^ 
ley and' our Author joined tn die 
Compofition of this Play, Part of 
the Plot of which, vi», the Story 
of Fit».Ailefi, Rujiel and Jane, 
may be found *in a Book called, 
the Cfm^aijant Cem^am'oMt and the 
Incident of the Phyfician tempt* 
ing Jam, and afterwards tccufing 
her, is borrovried fmxn '€jiitbib*t 
Novels, Dec. 4. Nov. 5«— Scene 
in Lmtdon, 

Faik QwcEir ow Joav. VkH 

The Faiiiy Qvbvit. Ojpefs. 
Anonym. 4to^ 169a. ' ■ « Thil 
Piece is alfo horn SbaktffemtH 
Midfummri^y't DrHm.^-^lht 

The Faithfvi. Bkidx of 
Gkanaoa. A Play, by W^, 7#* 
vtnuri 4to. 1 704. — - Scene C?nr- 

The Faitrfvl GxKzaAL*. 
Trag. by a Lady, with the Let- 
ters M. i^. — No Date. ^Tfan 

Play it Btttttmom and FUteierU 
Loyal Suhjeff^ very much altered. 
—Scene the City oiByKomium in 


TheFAiTKFva Smxfrxki>. 
A^Paftorai.Com. ft^m the ItalUm 
by D, D^ Gent.—- This is taken 
friam th.t -Ptfior Fido of Gmarim\ 
I.know not the txmGt Date pf it, 
but find it amongft the Produtf* 
tions of the feventeenth Century.. 

Faithful Snxprxxd. Fii, 
Pastok Fioo. 

Faitrfvl SNBP)tziir0. IV. 




T|ie TAitnrvL Smtwkum TheFALLorTAK^j^N, Tr. 

t>£8«. A dramatic Paftoral, by hy ff^. Hunt, 8vo. 171J.— The 

y, FUtchet, 4to. 1629. -This Name of this Play points cot its 

Piece is entirely Fleteber*%^ and Story, and the Scene of it lies at 

on its firft Rcprefentation on Rome, — ^It is a moft wretched Per- 

Twelflh Night, 1633, before the formance, and war never ad^ed, 

K. and Q^it was introduced* by a nor printed any where but at 

Dialogue Song, written by Sir Tork^ where the Author was then 

XK Davenant, between a Prieft ftationed as Collector of the Ex- 

and a Nymph, and dofed with an cife. 

£|rflogue, which was ipoken by Falss Ciiallkngz. Fid, 

the Lady May M^rdatmf, Hs c Tojt . 

Faith tkivmpkant. FtJ. The Falsx Count, or i 

Es T R s II . rew fFay tp flay an old Gump, C. 

Fall or Coriolamvs. Vid, by Mrs. ^thn^ 4to. 1682.— 

Ingratituox or a Common *nie Hint of the haughty IfabeUa\ 

We a l t h. being readily imposed upon by the 

The Fall or tmc Eaptl Chimney Sweeper^ whom her 

or Esszx. Tng. hyya.Ra^, Layer Carlos had equipped out as 

^vo. 173 1. —This Play is foon- a Count, is borrowed from the 

ded on the fame Story with all prtdeujes Ridteules, of Moiiere, f— 

the reft of the Tragedies of this The ffumour of this Chandler, 

Name, but is not equal to any of however, is fomewhgt too lo%t 

the other thiee."— It was repre- and farcical, 

fented at theTheat. in Goodman* t The False Favorite d is- 

Field! , a Place tpo far out of the ca ac*o and the Reward efLoy 

ftrong Tide of the critical Cur- alty, — Tragi-Com. by Geo, Ger* 

rent, to put any Piece to that kier D^Owvilly, %vo, 1^57.— This 

public Kind oi Teft, ^whereby Play was nerer aded, probably 

Merit ought to be determined ; from the Deficiency in Point of 

yet even there, it met with but Language, which may reafonably 

oiidling Succefs. be expeded in a Writer, who was 

Fall or Man. Vid, State not a Native oi Britain, <— ^Scene 

•r Innocence. Florence, 

Fall or Moxtimex. Vid, The False Friend. Com. 
Edward III. by Sir J, Fanhurgh, 4^0. 1702. 
The Fall or Phaeton. A A£led at Dr, Lane, with very 
Pantomime Entertainment, 1 736, good Succefs. 
Tkea, Roy, Cov, Gard, The False One, Trag. by 
The Fall or Sacvntvm. Seaumont »nd Flewber, 410, 1629. 
■Trag. hyPhil, Frowde, 8vo. 1727. —The Story of this Play it foun- 
A fted at Lincoln S'lnn'FieUt ded on the Adventures of ^%/fari 
vrith but indifferent Succefs, not- Otfar while in Egyft^ and hit 
withftanding it had very tonfider- Amours with Cleof^ra, as taken 
able Merit, and was highly com- from the HiAorians of tbofe 
mended by the eriticil Journaliftt Times. Sztnt Egypt, 
of that Time. False Relxcx. Fid, Ex- 
Fall or St. Ruth. Fid, communicated PaiNps. 
Battle or Avghrim. False Report. Fid, Mis- 
Fall or SiAM. Fidt Fatal takes. 
VztioN. False Tiber invst Fid* 


F A F A 

'A«K1"A KiMG OT AiBA* Vasds ill the Year 2697, 4ingcr 

The FAMif.YOPLovx. Oom. that of the Eunuch, — The Scene 

by ^* MiddUtoft^ 4to. 1608. lies in France, and the Plot is 

Scene London, — ^Tbis Play is fpo- taken from the Frcacb Hiftory, ti 

k$B of by Sir 'fho, Bamwellp in the Reign oiCbilferU I, and Cio* 

Shirley's Ladjf ofPUpfure, taire II. 

-The Fancied I^een. An The Fatal CaaiosiTT^ 

Opera. Anonym. Svo. I733«-*' Trag. hy George Li/k, tvo^ijjS, 

This Piece was never a^led, and -^Tliis Piece comfifts of bat three 

is a very paltry Performance. A^U.^*— The SlOf|r of it,' however. 

Fancies CHASTE aka «o- b v«iy fimpk and aAe^ng, and 

«!.£, Tragi-Com. by y* Ftrd, is faid to have been ibvndedoaa 

X 638. ttak ¥wdt which happened on the 

Fakcy*s Fsstivali. Mafq. weftem Coaft of £mr(triu^— -The 
in 5 Ads 4to. 1657, by ^tbo, CifX*niiiftanoi» of a Son long ab- 
Jordan, 4to. 1657.— -This Piece (cut, keeping hioiielf on his Re- 
is faid in the Title Pa^e to have turn to vint them, for ibme Tiine 
been privately preiented by many unknoMm, is aatuial andunfer- 
dvil Perions of QuUity, and «t ced, Avh^e at tAif fame Time, 
their Requeft printed, with many their being tndnced by the Depth 
various and delightful new Songs, of their Diftreis and Penary, to 
for the further llhiftration of e- refelve on, ^ad |>erpttrale his 
f ery Scene* Murder, for the Sake of the Trea- 

FARXXxa MADE Physi* fures he had ihewn them he was 

XIAN. yid* DvMB Laoy. podTefled of, is productive of fome 

ThjC Fashionable Ladt, very fine Scenes pf intermingled 

MtHarleptm*s^)fira,hyy.Ral/bt Horror and Tendemefs , when 

Svo. 1730. This nece was they come to be informcKl of the 

jftxformtd 9X Goodman* sFieids, and dreadful Deed they have eommk' 

is one of the many mottlcy Com- ted. — ^Ia fliort the Play is in my 

pofitions of fpeaking and iinging. Opinion equal, if not fupcrior, te 

which the great Socoefs of the , any ofthis Author's other Works, 

Meggar*s Opora gave Birth to. it and when aded at the Little Tb. 

met, however, with tolerable in the Haymarht, where it made 

Succefs. its firfV Appearance, met wxtji a 

The Fashionable LovEJt, very favorable Reception, 

or l^t in Neceffhy, Oouii. Anon. The Fatal Discoveut^ or 

4to. i689.«^Scene Lm^m. Love in]Ruins, Trag. Anonym. 

Fatal Cokstancy, Trag. 1698. — The Scene of this Play 

hy Hildehrand Jacoh, Svo. 1723.' lies in Vetiiee, but the original 

—This Play was a^ed withfome Defign of the Plot feeoM taken 

Appiavie, at the Theat. i»2)rury from the old Stjory 4>fOJdifns and 

Lane, yocafia,' > T he Preface contains 

The JFatal Comtxact. A an Aniwer to a Copy of Veifes 

French Tragedy, by yohn JVm, written by Dryden, and piefised 

Hemingi, ^to. r653. — This Play to the Tragedy of Heroic Love, 

met with great Succefs at its firft Fatal Divorce.^W.PjiaC' 

Reprefentadagas, and wasxcvived ton. 

twice after the Reftoration, under The Fatal Dowry. Tr^f . 

different Titles, viz. firft by that by Ph, Majinger, 4to. 1631. — 

iff Lope tMd Rtvaire. and after- JSfatb, Field Vi?A(oin.%%haKe in the 


Wntiiig eftkis Play.— The pious This Piece I find only in the Lift 
Befaaviowr of Ci6«r«/b/V in volanta* of Pubiicataons, but as it does 
lily giving up himfelf to Impri- not ftand in Fi^or's Catalogue of 
foament as a Rafffom for the that Ycar*s Reprefbttations, I am 
Corp£e of his Father, in 6rder apt to ima^tte that it iKras nzvct 
to obtain for it the Rites of In- afted. 

terment, is taken from ^t Story Fatal Fsxt]TDS9iP. Tfa^ 
oiCimm the Atbtnisn, related by by Catb, ^Tr other, tvtf. 1698. — 
Vat, Maxim* Ub. 5. Cap. 4.-^ AOitdztLrneoin's'Infi'Fieids, with 
Mr. Rowe has made Ufe of the great Appbufe. 
fame Circumftaace to heighten The Fatal JCALOtsr; 
the Amiablenefe of CharaAer of Trag. 410. 1673. Anonym.— It 
AltamentifihA^FairPemttnti the Is however afmbed by hisCotem- 
plot oi which, as I have before poraries to Nctil faine, — Iht 
obicrvedy is in -great Meafure Scene of ft is laid in Naples, and 
borrowed Irom this Pky.— iV^r- the Plot borrowed from Beard' ^ 
reflan*% Behaviour alfo in the Theatre, the Vnfcrtuw^e Lovers^ 
Tragedy of Zara^ leems to owe &c. —The Character of JaJ^er 
i^ Origin to this Hint, ^ough ieems to be a bad Copy of j^^ ia 
Afferent in fi>me Ro<pe6l as to the Moor of Veiuce, ztiA 1^^ Au- 
the particular SituatioA of the thor has rendered this a very 
A£lion. bloody Tragedy, without paying a 

^ Fa^tax ExtoA. Vkl% Or- due, or indeed any Regard to ^o* 
GUI. A. etic Tuftice. 

The Fatal E k t r a v a- The Fatal LitJAcr, ITfag, 
CAKCB. Trag. hy 7^. iKfmMf, Anonym. 8vo. 1721. — A^d aC 
Svo. 1720.— Tkia Pliy wasori- Lincoln s-tnn-tiioU.'-^'th.i^ is t 
ginally written in one A€k, wHh Tranflaction of ftadHeU tbekah, 
only four Chan-a^rSy and was per- Fatal Love, oi the Tore* 4 
formed at the Th. in Lrnnof/^s^ Jneo^fiam, Trav. ^ ilk, Seule. 
Jnfi'Fieids, — It wa» however af* 4to. 1 6*0. —The Plot of this 
terwardaiaspr&v'dlMo three A€t8, Play may be trac'd to iTs OrigiA 
with two additional Characters, by reading the fifth Book of ^a^ 
and prefontad at Drwy^Lane with titu\ Romance of Ciitijthon and 
Succeifi. — ^Tke Ground Work of LeAdfpe, 

it is borrawed from Sbakefpeare*t The Fatal Mark tags, or 
York/hire ^ragtiy, but the Lan- the hmeeitt AMtery, Trag. by 
guage is entirely new. — It is faid ^Th^, Satitherne, 4to. 1694. — This 
that the Author had greit AffiA- Play met with great Succefs at 
ances in it from Mr. Aaron Hill \ it*8 firft coming out, and has been 
nay^ yiBor, in hi« l£ft. of the often performed fince with great 
Stage, Vol. li. p. 123. pofitireiy Approbation, the tragical Part of 
aflerts, that the laft-na«i*d Gen- it being extremely fine and very 
tleman wrote die Play, got it siding. — It is however like his 
a£ted, and fvppoited it on the Oroonokoy interwoven with comic 
foppofod Aut^r*s thifd Ni^t, Scenes, fo much inferior in Point 
Mr. Mitchell beiag aft that Timt of Merit to the other Parts, that 
ia great EKftrefs. it has frequently been laud aHde 

Fatal Fal^ho^H, or Dif- for a confiderablc Tlmt rtV^ 

frtjfU hmoitmeo, 'Wrag. in three Scene lies in Brnffeh \ x\vtV\o\ Kil 
A^St Aaonym, 8v0i i/ji^i^mmmm the Tragedy U,* b^ t^t A>aL<tiox^ 

> H «»HIIt 



grnn Cdnfeflion^ taken from a Want of Succefs to his not ap- 

' Voxtl of Mn, Sebn\ called the pearinginit, and in Confequenee 

Nun, or the Fair VowBreaker } of fuch Suppofition repeatedly in* 

and the Incident of Fernando'^ be- fulted him for feveral Nights af- 

ing perfuaded to believe that he terwards> in the Purfuance of his 

had been dead, buried and in Pur- Profeilton j till at length comiiig 

fatory , feems borrowed from forwards, and adJreflxng the Au- 

^Utcberi Night J^/(«r.— Some dience, he with great Caiidour 

one, however, has fince purified and Spirit informed them '* that 

this Ore from its Drofs, by. clear- he had, at the Requeft of the 

ing the Play of all the comic Author, read his Piece before it 

Part, excepting fo much of the was a£led, and given him his ve- 

Charafters of the Nurfe and Por- ry fincere Opinion of it, that it 

ter, as are infeparable from the was the very tuorfl Play he had 

Affaiis of Ifa6iIIa,~-~Thi8 Altera- ever read in his Life, znd fir that 

tlon has been attributed to Mr. Reajon had refufed to a£t in it.'* 

Garriik, by whom it was. in this This however turn*d the Tide {9 

Stage brought on at the Th. R. much in his Favour, that his 

in Drury Lane, in 1758, by the Speech was received with a thun- 

Title of Ifabella, or the Fatal dring Clap, and the Infults he 

Marriage, and met with great had received were put to an en-' 

Succefs. • tire Stop. 

A Fatal Mistake^ or the Fatai, Resentment. f7ir 

Plotfpoird. Com. hy Jgf. HayKfs, Coriolanus. 
4to. 1696.— This Play was never The Fatal Secket. Trag. 

a£led. by Lewit Theobald, Anonym, 

Fatal Necessity. Trag. 1725. izmo.— A6led at the Th. 

J 7^1, — Of this I know no more Roy. in Cw, C?tfr.— This Play is 

than the Name, and that it pro- niade up from IVebJUr't Dutchefs tf 

- bably never appeared on the Stage, Malfy, -Sctnt the Dutchefs's hk 

as it is not in any of the Cata- lace in Malfy, 
logues excepting the Briti/b Thc' The Fatal Vision, or the 

^tre, from which I tranfcribed Fall of Siam, Trag. by A* Hill, 

tTie Name and Date. 4to. 17 16. — A£^ed at Linccln^s* 

Fatal Relapse. Vid* An- Inn-Fields, witK Succefs. —The 

TiocHus THE Great. Scene is fix*d in the City of So- 

ThepATAL Retirement, fila in Siatn^ but the Author 

Trag. by Avth. Brown, 8vo. owns that the Fable is fi^itious,' 

J741. — ^This Play would fcarcely and the Characters imaginary.—" 

be worth any farther Notice than The Moral is to expofe the dan« 

a .Mention of its Name, were it gerous Confequences of the giv* 

jiot for a little theatrical Anec- ing Way to Rage and Raflinafs of 

dote, which, as it does Honour Determination, 
to the proper Spirit frequently ^J'atal Union. Vid. Na« 
Ibewn by a capital Veteran of the- ^ p l es and Sicily. 
Stage now living, I (hall ii^re Fatal Wager. Vid* |n« 

ielate, jur'd Princess. 

Whenthis Play ^as firft offered The Fate of Capua. Trag. 

to the Theatre, Mr. ^/ff refufing by Tho, Soutbeme, 4to. 1700.— 

to s^ in it, thc Author's Friends Aftcd al Liw^ltCi'lttn'Fieldt. -^ 
thought proper to attrlbuU i\» ^Q«a^C(^ua« 


Tate of Troy. Vid, Vir- Com. by theDutchcTs of NeW'- 

GXM PHOPHETKSS. CaftU, Fol. z662.-. 

Fat* o^ Tyuanny. Vid. The Female Advocates, 

Grecian Hero. or the Frantic Stock-jobbers. Com. 

• The Fate op Villainy, by TV, lu'verner, /^to, lyi^ — ^The 

Trsg. by Tho, fVaikert 8vo. 1730. Britifi Theatre and Wbincofs 

^•— This was aded at Goodman* i* Catalogue have the fecond Title 

Fieidt with very indifferent Sue- of this Play the Stoci -jobbers on- 

Cefs. ' * ly, butasitispirobabletheymight 

Favoeiti. y/d» Deserv- neither of them h^ve feen the 

ING Favorite* Piece itfelf, I have thus reftored 

' Fa u 8 T u s. ytd* Doctor it from Jacob, 
Faustcs. The Female Parson, or 

Fawn. Ftd, Paras it as- tbi Beau in the Suds, A Ballad 

TER, Opera, by C.Co^, 1732. — This 

The Feign*d Astrologer. Piece was brought on at the Lit- 

Com. Anonym. 410. 1668. tie Theatre in the //<2)>»Mrilef, but 

This is tranflated from Comeilie, ik as with very good Reafon damn*d 

who borrowed his Piece from the firft Night. 
Calderons El jiftrohgo fiHgido,"-^ Female POLITICIAN. Vidm 

The fame Plot is. made Vk of Rival Priests. 
by M, Scudery in his Novel of The Female Prelats,,;^^- 

thc llluftrious BaJJa, where the ing the Hiftory of the Life and 

. French Marquii Uktz on himfelf Death of Pope Joan. Trag. by 

the fictions Character of an Elk, Settle, 4to. 1680. — The Plot 

Jfircioger, of this Play is taken from PAr- 

' The Fi I gm'o Courtezans, ttna^s Lives of the Popes, and* 

W A NighCi Intrigue, Cwn, by Cooke's Dialogue, entitled Pope 

Mrs. Bihn, 4to. 1079.— This Joan, 

Play met with very good Succefs^ The Fem alx Rake, or Mo^ 

and was generally efteemed the dem Fine Lady, i736.--Of this 

beft ihe had wrote.-— The Scene Piece I know nothing more than 

Ues in Rome, and the Play con- the finding it in the Catalogues 

tains a vaft Deal of Bufinefs and of the dramatic Publications of 

Intrigue ; the Contrivance of the that Year. 
two Ladies to obtain their differ- The Female Virtvosoes* 

cntly difpofed Lovers, both by the Com. by Tho, IVrigbt, 4to. 1692. 

fame Means, triat. by afTuming -^This Play was a€ted With great 

the. Chancers of Courtezans, Appbufe, but is no more than 

being produ^ive of great Variety, an improved Tranilation of the 

Feigm'o Friendship, or Femmes fcavantes of Moliere.i an 

fht Mad Reforaar, Com, Anony. Author to whom many of our 

4to. without a Date.— It was Play-writers have been greatly 

however vrrttten later than the obliged, not only for their Plots, 
Reftoration, and was afled in but even for the very Subftance 

^Little Lincoln* S'Jnn- Fields, — Scene and Wit of their Pieces, 
the Park and Houfes adjoining. Female Victor. Vid, 

F£Ign*d Innocence. Pld, Witty Combat, 
Sir Martin Marr-all. Female Warrior. Fid, 

The Female Academy. Friendskz? improved, 

H 2 'W^ 

PI Ft 

The Female Wits, -er tie from tlie Author of tbe B«» 
' Triumvirate of Poets at Ribearfal, defeated. 
Com. 4to. 1697. — WiththeLct- Filial Piiry. V^ii Ik- 
ttrs H^. M, in the Title. — This solvent. 
Piece was a^led at the Th. Roy. A Fine Com? akion. Com. 
in Drurj'Lsne for feveral Days by SbMkerley Mamripn, 410. 2633. 
fucceflively, and with Applaud. —This Play was greatly ap^v'di 
' ■ it confifts of three Ads, is of» and it is erident on In^c- 
written in the Manner of a Re- tion that Dsr/h'*' Capt. Porpuf% io 
hearial, and was intended ^s a his Sir Bsmtfy ff^ig is ao Ini- 
Banter on Mrs. Manky, Mrs. tation of Capt. ff^sMJi is this 
fix, and Mrs. Trotber, Play. 

Female Wits, f^d.^oci' The Fike Ladies Airs. 
ABLE Companions, Com. by 72*. BaJkrr, ]7o8.— It 

Festival of Licht. Fid, was adled in Dr, Lane with Soc- 
IvMANALiA. cef«.-«-The Scene ties in LoMdon, 

Ferrex andPokrex. Trag. and the Prologue is wrhteB by 
Sto. I56e. — ^The three firft A& Mr. Mattnm, 
of this Phy were written by The, Fisherman a Paxnce* 
Norton, sMid the two laft by 7te, Fid. Massanikllo. 
Sachufftcy Efqrs. — It was after- FLAvrvs Ki itg or Lou- 
wards alterM^ and the Title baeoy. Aa Italian Op. 8to. 
changed to that of Gtrheduf, u4 972}^— ^trform*d at the King*t 
prcfented before <^EJhi. in the Tb. in the Hfymarket.-^^Mktt- 
Year 1 590.— It is probable theft . tion by if. Hmfm^^Tlm PraMi 
Alterations were made in it by is compofed of two Aflioat^ One 
the laft-nasn'd of its two A»- it talMo partly from the HiAory 
tbors, who was now become Lord gi the Kloff e^ the LmiUrdi§ 
Btfckturfi, and whofe fingle Work the other fi09 the Cid •£ Gmw- 
maoy thro* Miibke iongiae if iik^' "SceDe Lemie trd j f , 

'^to be The Plot is from the The Flbibb. Cent, hf Edm^ 

EttgUJb Chronicles. Sistfbam, 410. 1610 T he 

The Fickle SHiPBBBBEse. Scene of this Play lies ia Lendm, 
A PaAoral. ^to. x 701.'— This is and the Plot ^mt ia e greet De* 
only an Alteration of Randol^''s giee to be bofrowM from BiMr" 
Amiotaii it wes adled at the New fitCtJtsrt^a/^. 
Th. in tinciln's'tnn'FicIds, and Tbe Floats a e Is t an a. 
Hr^played entirely by Women. Tragi-Com. by fFm, Strode, 4to. 
— The Scene lies in Arcadia* 165 5.'— This Pl^qr was not p«b- 

FiOiLiA anb Fortvna- li&ed till many Yean after the 
T u s. Whether this Piece is Author*s Death, but was per- 
Tragedy or Comedy, what is its fonned by the Studenu of Chrif 
pate, or whether it was ever Church on the 29th of Aug^ 1.639 
a£led, are Particulars I am «t a before the ICmg, for whofe Di- 
l^ofs to difcoTcr.— The old Cata- verfioa it was piurpofely writ tea 
logues only naming it, and afcri- «t the Requeft fii rhe Dean s|nd 
btng it to 7^0. Barker, — I he Bri- Chapter.-»»It contained too much 
ti h Theatre however fixes ks Morality to Tiiit the Tafte o( the 
UaCe about 1690. And Coxeter, Court, yet it pleafed the King fo 
in Oppe£tion to all the other well, that he fooa a^er beftoiAed 
Whtersy diiltnguiihcs this Barker ' ai Ca^ 


a CaBon's Dignitj oo the An- Fool tn Fashion. Pfik 

tiior. LoYE*s LAST Shift. 

Flora's Vagaries. Com. AFool's Prefcrmikt, or 

by Rich, RbeJes, — This Play was the three Dvka of DwJtMe. Conu 

written while the Author was a by T. Durfejy 4to. i6S8.— This 

Student at Oxford^ and after be- Play is little more tban a Tranf- 

ing publickly a£led by his Fellow cript of Fletcher's Noh/e Gentle- 

Students in Cbrift Church, Jam, man, except one Scene relating to 

8. 1063, and afterwards at the Bajfet, which ^s taken from a 

Th. Roy. was printed in 4X0. Novel, called the Humours •f 

1670, "^Thc Scene lies in Peroua, Bajfa, 

and Part of the Plot, vix. The The Fool torn'o Cai- 

CircumHance of Or^ff/^'s making tick. Com. hy T.Durfey^ 4to. 

tJfe of the Friar in carrying on i678.-^This, like moft of this 

her Intrigues with Ludovico is Author's Pieces, is full of P^i- 

founded on Boccace's Decant, Day giaries.— The Chara£^ers of Old 

3. Nov. 3. Wine, Trim and Small Wit being 

Florid ANTE. An Ital. Op. taken from «^/mo, ^/or»i and 5«- 

by P. j4. Roll:, Zvo. 1721. — A£^d ffo in Rando^^s Jealous Lavert. 

at the K.'s Th. in the Hay-mar^ Nay, thevery Prologue is a Theft, 

ket. — The Plot is taken from an being the very fame with that to 

ancient Drama, called La Coftanxa^ Lord Orrery's Mafter Antbety, 

in tricvfo. — The Scene in and near The Fool wov l d be a Fa- 

Perjepolis, vorite, or the Difcrert Lovrr. 

The Folly of Pr i e st- Com. by todowick Carlellt 8vo. 

CRAFT. Com. Anonym. 410. 1657. — A€ted with great Ap- 

1690 —This Piece I have never plaufe.— The Scene in Milain. 

feen, but from its Date fhould be The Fo tman*8 Opera, 

apt to imagine it had fomeRefe- 8vo. 1731.— 'Performed at Cood^ 

rence to the Affairs of t^ofe mans^Fields, 

Times. — Lanf^aine gives it the Fop's Fortune. Fid, Lovt 

higheft Commendations, giving makes a Man. 

it, in Point of ingenious and ju- Forc'd Inconstancy. Vid, 

dicious Satyr, the next Place in Fatal Love. 

Rank to Wycberl^^s Plain Dealer j The Fo r c *d Ma r r i a g f , or 

yet hints that it may give Um- the Jealous Bridegroom, Tragi- 

brage to the Priefts and Bigots of Com. by Mrs. Bebn, 4to. 1671. 

the Romijb Religion, which feems — This. Play was a£led -at the D. 

a Confirmation of the Opinion I of Tory's Theatre, and is fiippos'd 

have fuggefted above. by Langhaine to be the firft of 

Folly reclaimed. Vid, this Lady's Produftion. — Scene io 

City Lady. the Court of Fr^wrr. 

The Fond Husband, or /i&* The Forc'd Marriage. 

Plotting Sijiers, Com. by 7*. Dur- Com. by Ozell, — This is only a 

fty, 4to. 1678. — This met with Tranflation of the Marriage Force 

very great Applaufe, and is look*d of MoUere, and was never intend- 

upon as one of Mr. Durfef^ beft ed for the Stage. 

Plays. - The Forc'd Physician. 

The Fond Lady. Pld, Ahq» Com. by 0«f//.— -This Piece is 

iitfvs Old WoMANr - under the fame Circumftance^wiih 

H 3 the 

P O F O 

flM foxtpalm%, bekif; a Tratfla- Urn itk^tvttn-Gsrden. 

tion onlf of Mdierit Mtttich Foitvne in hzr Witi. 

malffrt kL Com. by C^a. Johnfrn, 410. X705. 

FoacB9 Valovk. ^i/. ——This is "but an indifFerent 

Wits, Tranflttion of Ctwkjt Naufrg- 

The Foicz orFiiSMDSRif. rium jocutare^ and was never pre- 

Tr. by Ch^t, J9bnfrn^ 4to. 17x0. uoted on the Stage. — The Scene, 

->-Sccne Fero/ta,'^ At the End of ' as it docs in the laft.nam*d Piece^ 

this Tragedy is fub)oined a fmall lies at Dumhrk, 

Farce, which was aded with k, . The Fovnoling. Con. by 

Cflird Love in a Cheft. Edyf, Mowt, 8vo. 174S. — This 

FoRCK OP LovB. Fid, PzR- Comedy was the firft of Monrii 

^ba*b DivoTZB. dramatic Pieces, but is far fupe- 

For d b or Lovb. Vid, Thb- rior to his fecond comic Attenpu 

•oosius. -—It met with tolerable Soccefe 

FoacB or Natvrb. Vid. during iu Run> altho* at the firA 

Si^ V A 6 B . Night of its Appearance the Cha- 

I'he FoaTUMATB Isles, and ra^er ijtFsddU (which it is (aid 

their Union i celebrated in a was iotemded for one RuJfilJ gave 

Mafque defign'd for the Coort great Difguft, and was therefore 

on Twr^fi^ Night, 1626. by ^m confiderably ciurtaikd in all the 

Jcbnfut. eofuing ReprefenUtions.— It has 

Fortunatb PaiNCB« Fid, not however fiace that Time been 

Marriaob at last. continued as an a£ling Comedy, 

FoRTVNATVs. Cora, by7/>«. being generally oonfidered as 

Dicktry 4to. x6oo. bearing too near a Refcmblance 

FoRTuMATtft. Pantomime to the C^njciwt Lovers. ^^Ytt I 

jFntertaioment, by H, PFoodward, cannot help thinking it far pre* 

— PerforsMd at Dr. La, Theatt«^ ferablc to that Play, as the In- 

X754. tricacy of the Plot is much moie 

For TV KB BT Lav^ and natural, the CharaAers of a more 
Sba. Tragi'Com. hy Tb^Hsf- fprightly Turn, and drawn in 
Wi0j, 4to. 1655.-— Our Anchor the general from higher Life, 
was aififted by Rtwltf in the onmiz'd with the Peitnefs of a 
Compofition of this Play, which Chambermaid Co^|4iet, and Kitck- 
•oet with >great Applaok In tlie en Coxcomb} on which, how- 
Performance, but was not printed ever, the grcateft Part of the 

till after their Deecafe. The Livefineis of Sir iRf^A. A«rJ^'s Play 

Scene lies in Lntdtn, ' principally depends* 

The Fortuve Hunters, Or Fountain or Sblb^Lotb* 

Hn Fioh wtJi met. Com, hyja, ^^. CvNTMfA^a Revels. 

Carlijie, 4to. 16S9.— This Play The Four Trbnticbs or 

met with Succeft, nd Lat$gkaine London, witJk the GwfMf of 

gives it confiderabk Commenda- lenilalem.— An Hidorical PUy» 

tion, yet at th« fame Time dtes by 7ho, Heywood, 4to* 1632.— 

M incident from it which feems This was Ue/wood'9 firft Attempt 

to contradift that good Opinion, in the Dramatic Way^ and was 

«r«. A Piif foa-s auHaking the afled with Applaufe.— The Plot 

Hand of another for the Handle ie founded on the ExpMti of the 

af a Pomp, and an Orange Flow- famous Godfrn of Mtdkine, who 

Cff for Pump Water,-— The Bcen« rekafcd JtrujUitmontof the Handa 



of the Infi^eli in loq^^A more ctunt b«t itut mention tf lu 
ample Account of which 18 to be Name among her Works in the 
feen in TaJ/bU GofreJo, and in Britt^ Thestre, Whinetp in hi» 
Fuller s Hoiy War, Catalogue not having made men« 

The Four P*8. A merry Inter- tion of' any iiich Piece. 
luJe of a PsHmcr, a Pardoner, a Fi antic Stock- job bxki* 
Potycary and a Pedlar, by John yid» Fxmalx Advocates. 
Heytvood, 4to. 1 560. — ^This is one Fa »e Will. Trag. by Henty 
of the iirft Plays that appeared in Cheeke, 410. Black Letter, no 
the Englijb Language \ it is writ- Date. -» This is one of the very 
ten in Metre, and not divided in- old moral Plays. — Its full Title 
to A£ls.— The original Edition is rum according to Caxeter as fol- 
in the old Black Letter, but it has lows.— y^ eertayne Tragedie voryt' 
been republiihed a few Years ago un Jyrfe in Itaiian hv F. N. B* 
in /)(34/^'s Colleton of old Plays. ( Francifcus Niger Bofleminus } 

Four Plays jm Onx, or entitrnkd Freewil^ emd tranjlatoi 
Moral Refrejentaticns, hy Beaumont into Englijbe by Henry Cheekc, 
and Fletcher, Fol. 1679.— Thefc wherein i$ fet foorth in Manner ^ 
four Pieces are entitled as follows, a I'ragedie the deuylifii Deuife of the 
W«. 1, The Triumfb of Honour,-^ Popijh Religion, Stc, 
This is founded on ^m:c4I(«, Day. The Frxnch Conjurer. 

10. Nov. 5.^— Scene utaa Athens, Com. byT. P. 4to. 1678. — The 
the Roman Army lying there.—- PkK of tlus Play is composed from 

11. The Triumph of Lowe, — ^This two Stories an the Romance of 
is taken from the fame Author, Gufman de Alfarache, the Sfanijb 
Day. 5. Nov. 8. and the Scene Rogue ; the one called Dorido and 
laid in Milan.^JU, The Triwnph Ooridia, the other the Merchant 
of Death, — This is from Part 3. ^f Setfii^ and tiM Scene is laid in 
iiov,%, o{xhtFortunate,De€eiv% SevtL 

and Unfortunate Lovers, -^Thc French Dancimo Mas* 

SccDC Anjon,-^ TV, The Triun^b ter. /^A/. Wits. 

tf ?7««.«— The Plot of this feems The FRENcnirico Ladt 

to be entirely the Invention of the never in Par i s. Com, oi two 

Author. — Whether this Medley A€ts, 1758«— Of this I know no 

of Dramatic Pieces was ever per- more than the Namc> and that it 

formed or not, does not plainly never was adted. 

appear.— It is composed as if a£ted Frxnciiman in London* 

9X Li/hon, before Manuel, K. of 1755.— This Piece was never de- 

Portugal, and his Queen Ifabella, fign*d for the Engtifit Stage, bdng 

at the Celebration of their Nop- aothing but a literal Tranflatioo 

tialsy that Court bcii^ introduced ef the Francois a Londreo of M» 

as Spectators, and the King, de BptJ^, from which it was fald 

Queen, Sec, making Remarks Mr. Foote had taken the Hint Af 

upon each Reprefentation.— The his EngUfhman in Paris, I can, 

two firft may properly be called however, perceive no fCind of Re- 

Tra^-Com. the third a Tragedy^ fembkuice between the two Pieces, 

and the laft an Opera. any farther than what rifes ffoSk 

Fox. Vfi* VoiPOffx. a Similarity in their Name. 

Frederic P¥KX OP Brvns- French Pvkitan. Vid^ 

WICK. Trig. \iiyEUx,Be^fv>ooi, TAETim» 

97i4«*-"OflhJM|PhiTliaiAapAs* W^xntn 

F U G A 

French Robber. Ftd^CAn* been perfbrmed by a Set of prf- 

ToucHE* vate Perfons at the Caftlc Tavera 

Friendship improved, or m Pater-nofier Roiv, — But altho* 

the Female Wcrrior, Trag. by C&tf. it was fcreened under the Idea of 

Hofki fis, ^to. lyoOr— TothisPlay a Concert of Mufic, and a Ball, 

is prefixed an humorous Prologue, Mr. Fielding, who had received 

on the Subje£t of the Author's fome Information of it, found 

commencing Merchant, and ac- Means of putting a Stop to it on 

cumulating Wealth, if it may be the very Night of Performance, 

in the Power of a Poet fo to do. even when the Audience were 

Friendship in Fashion, aflembled. — The Piece, however. 

Com. byTbcOtwajy 4to. iSyo. which is entirely inoffenfive, o^ 

—This Play is an entertaining therwife than by fatyriting fomc 

one, met with great Succefs at particular Works which were then 

firi>, and has frequently been re- recent, was foon after printed and 

vived fince $ yet it favours too delivered Gratis to fuch Perfons 

iirongly of thut Libeitinifm which as had taken Tickets for the 

runs thro* all this Author's Co- Concert, 
medies to fuit the prefent Tafte. The Funeral, or Grief a la 

Fryar Bacon and Fry ar Mode* Com. by Sir Rich. Steele, 

Bungay, the konourahie HiJUry 4to. lyoft.-^This is in my Opi- 

ef. Com. by Rob, Greeny 4to. nion much the beft of this Au- 

1 599.— For the Story oi this Piece thor*s Pieces.— The Condud of 

fee P^/*s Hift. of Oxford/hire^ it is ingenious, _ the Characters 

aaH fVoed's Antiq, Oxon, pointetlT' the Language fprightly, 

Fruitless Kbvbmgb. Vid* aad the Satyr flrong and genuine. 

Unhappy Marriage. -There is indeed fomewhat im- 

Fu I M us Troes. Vid, True probable in the Affair of convey- 

1 rojans. ing Lady Charlotte away in the 

FuLGius AND LucRELLA. Coffin, yet the Reward that by 

—By this (Jame is a Piece men- that Means is beftowed on the 

tioned by Langhair.t, yaeoh^ Gil- pious Behaviour of young Loid 

den and IVbincop, none of whom hardy^ with Refpe^ to his Fi- 

pretend to haye feen it, or to give therms Body, makes fome Amends 

any Account of it.— But as the for it.— I know not that the Plot 

Author of the Britift> Theatre is of this is borrowed from any other 

more particular in his Deicrip- Picccyyetthe Hint of Lord Bri/m/- 

tion of it, it is reafonable to ima- ton's feigning himfelf dead to try 

glne he had met with the Piece the Difpofition of hb Wife, may 

.itfelf. — It differs from them all perhaps owe its Origin to a Scene 

IB the Spelling of the fecond in Moliere^s Malade imaginsire. 
Name, calling it Fulgius and 
LvcRETTE, a Paftoral, from the - 

JtaHan, 1676. 

Fun. a parodi -tragi - comic 
Satire, 8vo. 1752. — This little 

Piece is entirely burlefque, and 

was I believe written by Kenrick, f^ Al atwea. Com. ly y$hM 

It contains fome fevere Strokes of \J. Lyfy, 4(0. 1 59^.— Placed 

Satyr on //, Fielding^ Dr. H/7/, before Q^fi/raj. at Greenwich on 

Sec, aad w»9 intended to have New Tear *D«j^'»V^x.-^tV». 


G A G A 

ClMra^lers of Gahtbea a»d fhil* vjm t^q deep to be bomt ; Jtt T 
iUa are borrowed from Ipbii and am rather apt to imagine itt WanC 
Jantbe, in xht^XhBooiiLoiOvtd'^ of perfeA Approbation arofe in 
Met^vufphtfeu one Part, and that no inconiider' 

A Gamk at Chxssz. By able one, of the Audience fr«m a 
fth; MidMiUn, 4to. i625«— 5ttB- Tendernefs of another Kind than 
dry Times aited at the GUIk on that of CoflDpaflion 3 and that 
the Bank Side, ' they were Icis hurt by the WtrcA 

The Gamzsti*. Com. by of Btverln, tlian by finding thcif 
Ja. SbirUy, 4to. 1^37.— This it dariing Vice, their favorite Folly 
very far irom beii^g a bed Play. — thus Tcheraaitly attacked by th« 
7'he Plot of it is intricate, yet ftrong Lance of Realbn and dm* 
natural. } the Chara&ers well matte Hxecittion. 
drawn, and the Cataftrophe jufi TheGAMZSTSss. Cbm. Svoii 
«nd moral.^It has been twice $1^ 1758. — ^This is the Piece meir- 
t^r'd and brou^sx on the Stage tioned above, as an Alteration oS 
under di^rent Titles, fieft by Shirley's GMt^ter.^lt is faid to 
Cba, Jobnjon, who took his Play have been the Work of Mr* G^tr* 
pi the /ir(/r*j JitUef ahnoft en- riei, «nd was performed at the 
tirely ^0x9 it, and afterwards by Thettic of whkh that Gentkm«B 

Mr. Carrick, who brougbt it oa is MMtgsr.— ia this Akcratt^n 
at Dr, Ism by the Name of th4 tke Affiur of die DmI between 
CiMMlrrt.— >Fer the Plot, W* the two Frieadi^ and tlie Love 
Q^ MMT^fret's Novtii, Day. I« Scenes between them and jtbeir 
Vov. 8. a«d the Vnlutl^ Citimm* HiAt^BSm we ^«ry jnihawidy 
The Oamzstsb. Com, hf owitted ; y<t I cfaer kelp think* 
Mn. GMriwr#« 8vo. 1704.''— Tkk iag tlitt two voy Capital Scenes^ 
Is Uf fron beiaf thA worft ef the one between VeitttU woA Rite, 
this Le4*s Pieces, ekbo* k » tad the other between Riot and 
SkeiMMiteftfaeafiEMEai'doAM*. ^^wM^ which ftand in the bft 
dels JK>t her own, the PWt of k Aftof the l^*i£«l^(^, have too 
Uimg elmoft entirely borrewti moch both of Nature and Judg* 
ffea a Fraiek Conedy called Lt aMat, not to injure the Piece by 
jp^^wr^— — It met with good the Lo(sof them ; and that there- 
Svkcceis, but has not, I befievc» fore the Alteration of this Play 
been performed for maiqr Years would have done more Juftice to 
in eith^ of the Theatres. the coriginai Author had they 

The Gambstir. Trag. Ijf been foffer'd to remain in the (amo 
^Jw, Aio^re, 8vo. 175}. — ^Thtt Situation they before poileftM. 
Tragedy ie written inPtole, aad GxaiMXR GtriiTOii^s Nxb- 
is the aoft capital Piece My. blx. Com. by Mr. S. Mafter 
JkOore pfoduoed.-<-The Itanguafe of Arts, 410. i575.-«Ttu6 Is one 
is nervous and yet pathetic $ the of the oMeft of our dramatic 
Plot is artful; yet clearly condu^^ Pieces, and is an Ihflance <^ the 
ed ; the Charaders ate highly Simplicity vrhich mnft ever pre- 
mark'd, yet net unnatural $ and vail in the early Dawedngs of 
the Cataftraphe is truly tragtc» Gemus.-^The Plet of this Play, 
yet not unjuft. ■ Y et with ail which is written in Metre, and 
thefe Merits it met with but ipun out into five regular A£t5, 
middling Succeis, the general Cry being Nothing mor^ xWti 0«tK- 
iigUMB it b€Uig that the DiArok mer G«rtta'» \Uy\MinA&^^ ^"^^ 


G E G£ 

Keedlc ^4th which (ht was mend- tic Way, that was ever attempted 

ing her Man Hodge\ Breeches a- even without any View to the 

gainft the cnfuing Suv^ay^ and Stage. 

which, by Way of Cataftrophe to T*»« Ge ner ous C h oi c X/ 

the Piece, i% after much Search, Com. by Fra. Mannings 4to, 

great Altercation, and fome Bat- 1700.— This Piece was aJSled at 

tics in its Caufe, at laft found. littleI.//irc.-/iwf'-i5»/(/j.—— -Scene/ 

-/licking in the Breeches them- City of Valencia in Spsin, 

fclves. — The original Title of it GENenooa Culi.t, Vii* 

runs thus. — A Rygtt Pytty, Pka- Gentleman Cully. 

i»ur.t and merit C^medit i IntytnUd TheGENEROU8CoN<juK»o«i 

Gammer Curton^t Nedle j phyedon <>' /-^ Timely Difcwery, Trag. by 

the Stage not longe ago in Chrifte^s Betnl Higgonsy 4to. 1 702. — Thi* 
CoUidge tnCambridgei made hy Mr, ^^^y 's ufher'd by two compli- 

S, Mafier of Ant : Jmprynted at mentary Copies of Verfes, and 

London in Yleett Streate benetb the ^^^ Prologue and Epilogue were 

Conduit, at the Signe of St, John written by Lord Lanjdoivn,'^^^ 

Evargelifiy hy Ihomas Colwell,-^ Scene Ravenna, 

It is printed in the old black Let- The Generous Enemies^ 

teri but is'repuhliihed in a more o^* f^ Ridiculous Lovers, Com. by 

. legible Manner, yet ftill preferv- 3** Corey, 4to. 1672. —« This 

iag the antient Way of Spelling, P^^y is one entire Piece of PU- 

in Dotlfiey*^ CoUcJftion of old fi^ry from Begimiing to End.—* 

Plays. The principal Defign being bojr- 

Gasc0nad9^ THi Great, fowed from ^inault*s La gene* 

ATragi-comi-polidcal-wJiiiniieal '^ Jtsgratitude, that of the Ri" 

Opera, 410* tji^g^'-^^'Dm Piece tlicu&tn Levers from Conuille*sDon 

vras widttett by Jfa, Wo^fdale the Bertram de Cigatial, ^-^ Bertram* $ 

Painter, md it a Burleiqtq em. tefty Humour to his Servants in 

the A^irs of the Frtncb Nattoa the third A61, is partly borrowed 

during diis War, the K. of FnMM ^n Ratido^b^s Mufet Looking- 

andMadtme^ Ponpadoitr 'hdn% ^^fii and the Qjiarrel between 

depi^^ed under the Charaflen of ^^un and RoAatxi in the fifth ta- 

Gafionado and Pampelitt,*^Then ^^^ wholly and verbatim horn 

is fome Humour in it, mora ef- the Love's Pilgrimage of J^^tfinnmr 

pecially in fome of the Songs, but and Flefcber^^^The Scene lies in 

I believe it was never performed Sevillc-^YtX., notwithftanding all 

in Lo: don. thefe Thefts, 1 cannot help think- 

The General' cashier*o. ing this Play a good one, and 

Tragi-Com. 4to. 1677. —This that it might iland a tolerable 

Play was never a6ted, but is print- Chance of Succefs, was it to be 

ed a« deiign'd for the Stage, and overlooked by fome fkilfiil Per- 

is dedicated to Prince Eugene of fon, and adapted to the prefent 

Savoy, Stage. 

General Deluge or the The Genirous Free Ma- 
World, Fid, Noan*s Flood, son, or the Conftant Lady, A 

The General Lover. Com. tragi-comi^farcical Ballad Opera 

by Theopb, Mofs, 8vo. 1748.—- of three Adte,^ by fFm, Rufut 

.This Comedy not only was not Chefivood, 8vo.— 'The Date of this 

sdted^ but is perhaps the very Piece I know not, and the Com- 

^otii Cowpoiition in the drama- PiUt oi W^fcinco^H C^VjiNa^gi* ^a!» 

G E G B 

it was only performed at Bartbo- Play was ever a^lcd ; Langhahe 

lomew Fair. gives it a very indifferent Cha- 

The Gekekous Husband^ ra£Ver, yet at the fame Jime owns 

or Coffee- houfe Politiciott. Com. that it was not wilhout its Par- 

by Cka. Johnfofi, i2mo. 1713. — tifans gnd Admirers. 
Scene London^ Of Oiktylms and Noby- 

GxNERous Lovers. Vid* lite, a Dialoge benven tbf Mtr, 

St. Stephen's Green. chaunt, the Knygbt and the P/ou^ 

Gen erous Por tuguese, many dyfputyng zvbo is a nferef Gen- 

^//. Island Princess. tylman, and ivlo it a Nobleman, 

Generous Recusal. Kid* and bow Men ft>ould corns to AuC' 

PortsmovthHeiress. toryftet compilid in Maner of an En^ 

" Generous Revenge. Vid, terludey ivi^b divers Toys and geftis 

Ambitious Slave. addyd thereto to make myri paftyme 

Generous Rivals. Vid. and difport, - — This Piece is writ- 

Elpidia. ten in Metre, and printed in black 

Gentle Craft. Vid, Letter, by John RafteHy with'out 

Shoemaker^s Holiday. Date j but by the Spelling and 

The Gentleman Cit, C, Manner of Style, J fliould ima^ 

by OtuU. — This is nothing more giije it to be very ojd. 
than a literal Tranflation oiMo- The "Gentle Shepherd. >V 

Here* 5 Bourgeois Gentilkomme» Paftoral Com. limo. 1729. 

The Gentleman Cully. This truly poetical and paftoraj 

Com. 4to. 170a.— In *11 the Ca- Piece is written in the Scots Dia- 

talogues I have feen, there is a le£l;, pvibliih?d by the celebrated 

Play by the Name of the Generous Allan Ranffay the Scots Poet, and 

Qilly, Anonym, and without a introduced to the World as his.— • 

Date, exceptiiig in the Britijh There are not, however, \v^nting 

Theatre, where it is placM ini69i. Perfons who deny him the Credit 

■ C oxeter, however, has eraz'd of being its Author j but as Envy 

diat Title, placing in its R6om will ever purfue Merit, and as in 

the Name and Date as above, and upwards of thirty Years no othcr- 

pofitivcly attributes it to Charles Pcrfon has, and it is now moft 

Johnfon, probable never will lay Claim to 

The Gxntlxman Dan- that Honour, Reafon I think will 

CiNG Master. Com. by JV. lead us td grant it to the only Pcr- 

Wycherley, 4to. 1673. —This is fon who has been named for it.-^ 

one of the moft indifferent of all Be this Faft however as it may, 

this Author^s Pieces. the Merit of the Piece itfelf muft 

The Gentleman Gardi- ever be acknowledged, in which 

NER. Farce, hy Ja» fVtlddir, it may without Exaggeration, be 

1749, allowed to ftand equal if not fupe- 

The Gentleman of Ve- rior to either of thofe two cele- 

NiCE. Tragi-^m. by y^. 5^/>- brated Paftorals, th'z Amint a of 

fey, 4to. 1655. — '^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^' ^^ ^^^ ^^^ Paftorfdo of Guari^ 

play is taken from Gay ton's Notes «.-— It has been reduced into one 

on Don Sluixote, Book iv. Ch. 6. A£t,& the £r9rr/& Dialed tranflated^ 

and the Scene lies in Venice, with the Addition of fome new 

- The Gentlxman Ushxr. Songs, hyTbeopb,Cibbir^'ixs.\^-i!^ 

Com. hy Geo. Cha^inan, 4to, 1606, prefented at Dr* "Lane \tv "VT^^^-r — ' 

mmm.Jt is doubtful wbtthiQt this The onsinal Paft^x^jX «^^ Kx.^^'* 


or G L 

writteoi was aifo performed a few withfttnding its being very ftroiig* 
Years ago by a Company of ScoU ly fupported in the AOimg, flMct 
People, at the Little Theat. in the with the letft Siicceft.— The De- 
Hnymarket, fign is taken from the Story of 

George a Greens the ^r^r^, in the Novel of G// ilAu, 
PiNDtAR or WAKEriELO. C. but bcars too near a RefisAbUnci 
Anonym. 4ito. 1509. -—The Plot to the Plot of the Kind imfofior, 
of this Play (which is not divided and the Authorhas deviated grett« 
into A£l3) is founded on Hiftory, ly from the Truth in the Manners 
and the Scene lies at Wakefitld -in of his Chancers, hanong in* 
Tork/hire.-^T\i\i George a Greene troduced a Sfanifo Gentleman 
vras a Man of great and ancient drunk on the Stage, which is A 
flenown ; there is a peculiar Hi- far from being a Charaileriftic of 
^ory of his Life, written by one that Nation, that it is well knowft 
^. JV,%vo, 1706, and he is men- theyhadformerly a Law fiibiifting 
-tioned m Hudibrai, Part 2. Cant/2, among them, tho* now, perhaps, 
Line^ 505. —This Comedy hfs a out of Force, which decreed that 
coniiderable Share of Merit, ztA if a GeAtleman was cenviiied of 
Is to be met with in Dod/l^*t even a capital Offence, he fliould 
Colle^ion of old Plays. be pardoned on pleading his hav- 

George Barnwell. f^J, ing been intoxicated at the Time 
London Mer c hant. he committed it, it being fuppofed 

George Danoin, or /^u^m- that any one who bore the Cha- 
con /^'T/f . Com. by Ozeff. — A ra^er of Gentiliby would more 
Tranflatioa from Moitere's George readily fuffer Death, than confe& 
X>andin, himfelf capable of fo beaftly a Vice 

The Ghost, er the IVanmn as Druakenneis. 
wears the Breeches. Com. Anon. Girl wo«tk Golj*.' Fid, 
Written in 1640, ptijtfed 4t»« Fai« Maid o* the West. 
i65o.'-Scene JP«r». The Glass or Govern- 

TheGnosT or MoLXfRS.-^ Mnt. Tragi-Com. hy George 
This is only the Tranflation of a Gafeoigiu, 4to. 1575. This Play 
little Piece of 14 Scenes, called, is thus entituled, becaufe therein 
VOmire de MoRere^ written by are handled as well th^ Rewards 
M. 5/tfCMirr a Friend of that Poefs for Virtwes as the Paaifliments 
after his Death, and which is f»r Vices. —*«- The S<^e&e lies il 

Jtrinted in all the Editions of Mo* Antwerp, 
fere's Works. — The Scene lies in Glor i ana, or theCmtrtofAif 
i^e Zljfian Tielde, guftus Qtjar, by N. Lie, 4C0. 1676. 

Gijtr altar, or d>e Speu^/f) — This^Fiece is one of tbe wildeft 
/iifventure. Com. by J. Dennis, and moft iifdiflferent of all this 
Ato. 1705.— -Aftcd attheTh. Author^s Pieces, being made up 
Roy. in Dr, tone, hut without of Uttir elfe but Bombaft and Ab- 

Succefs^ The Scene lies at a fuvdky.-^The Plot is more fo^n* 

Village in ^e Neighbourhood o€ ded an RoBMMlce than HifKny, as 
Gibraltar. m^beveadilydiiboveredby CMS* 

Gil El as. Com% by Edt»m ^riiig it with the Mt, fifth and 

Moore, 175 1. A£led 9^Dr,Lone, feventh Farts of the ccbbmted 

— ^This is by much the ieaft meti* Romanae of Qkepatrt, landor the 

eoriousoftbetbteednmii!tM?kou Qkanxj^m ^Q^§^i Mtnedka 

cf otte Auttotf ami bdo^, 911^ vsA^ 

GO G 'R 

aod Julid, — Scene lies in tkc Pa- Jonfin, ——This Piacc wai net 
Uce of Auguftui Otfar at kme, printed till 1 64 1 . Fol. 
* The GOHLX118. Tragi-Com. Gonoibcrt ANoBctTHA. 
by Sir John St/cklittg, 8vo. 1648. Trag. by fT, Tbcmpfon, M. A. 
—The Scene of this Play lies in 8vo. ^758. —This Piece was nc« 
Fratteeh'a, and the Author, in the ver a^ed, nor I believe intended 
Execution of his Defign, has pret- for the Stage, but is publiihad in 
ty dolely followed the Footfteps a fmall Volume with (bmc Poems 
of Sbakefpear, of whom he was a of the fame Author, 
profefled Admirer, hit Regiml/a Good Lvck at last. Vid, 
being an open Iniitation of i^/r4r»- Viktuous Wipe. 
iia in the Tm^, and^his Goblins, &o otd O x. d Causi. Fid* 
tho* Counterfeits, ( being only Roundheads. 
Thieves in IXfgoife) yet feem to Gorbodvc. Fid, Fit sis. 
b&<opied fiom jl^/V/in the fame amd Pore ex. 
Play. ' Gotham EtEcTiON. Farce 

GoDHTt Pkomises. A Tn- of one long Ail, by Mrs. Cent^ 
gedie or Interlude, iMmfefynge the Irvre, 1 imo. about 1717.-^ This 
ciygfe PnOM J st% 9/ God uftto Man in the 'iltlc-Page is called. The 
in all Ages, from the Begyrtynge of Humours of EU6fions, which Title 
the I'Vortde^ to the Deatbe of J e s u s very amply implies the Subjeft of 
Cmeistx, a Myfierit 1538.— the Piece, in which the fair Au- 
The Interlocutors are Ptfr<rfirMi^, thorhasfhewn great Knowledge 
Jufius Noab, MofesfanSus, Ejaias of Mankind, and of the different 
prof beta, Adam pnmus Homo, A- Occurrences of Life.-— It was ne- 
brtdnnH fdeHs, David Rex pius, ver tt£(ed, being looked on as a 
Joannes Baptifta, ~^Thii Play was Party Affair, but was pr ntcd, 
wfittjsn by Biihop Bale, and is the with a Dedication to Secretary 
firft dramatic Piece printed in Craggs, of whom it is recorded 
England. — It is reprinted by Dodf' greatly to his Honour on this Oc- 
ley in his CoUe^ion. caiion, that being complimented 

The Golden Age, or tbe on his Liberality by Mrs. Bracn- 
Lintes of Jnpiter and Saturn, an girdle, to whom he gave twenty 
hiftorical Play, by Tbo. Hertvood, Guineas for the Author, and told 
4to. 16 1 1. — This Piece the Au- that hit Generofity appeared the 
thor himfelf calls the Eldeft Bro- more extraordinary as the Farce 
therofthree Ages that had adven- had not been a^ed, he replied, 
tttred on the Stage, in all of which that he did not fo much confider 
he has introduced Homer as the the Merit of the Piece, as what 
£xpofitor of each dumb Shew, in was becoming a Secretary of State 
^e (ame Manner as Sbak^pear to do. 

has done by Gbnwr, tnhisPxRi- The Governor or Cyprus. 
6 LBS Prince ff Tyrfc— For the Trag. by J. Oldmixon, 4to. 1703. 
Story we need only confult Gal* AAed at the Theatre in Lincoln's" 
trucbiui, and other of the Hea- lfm-F/V/<6.— — ^Scene the Cover- 
then Mythologifts* nor*s Palace in (^prus near the' 
- The Golden Aok ke- Sea. 

tTOK*py in a Mafque at Courts. Grammar and Rhetor jc 
1615, by the Lords and Gentle^, accommodated'; J^^, Words 
Aen th« King*t Serraats, by ^^9 Mi\oi Vnilli% 


The GiATiiFVL Ssivaut^ k wu ptibliAed with aCollec-^ 

Com. by ya» Shirley^ 4to. 1630* tion of Poems in 1721. 
—This Play met with veiy great Gkekk^s Tv Qv/oqut, or the 

Applaufe when a^ed^ aac^ came O'ty Ga/lam, Com. by Joim 

forth uihered by eight Copies of Oih, 4to« 1599* We are teld by 

Verfes in Englr/b, and two in H^fwood, who was the Editor oi 

Latin, which the Author iays this Play^ that it pafs*d the Teft 

were " the free Vote of hiis of the Stage witk geaeral Ap- 

Friends, which he coulH' not in pla«fe,^It was at firft pcrforaBcd 

Ciyility refufe^** and indeed he by the hitter Title only 4 but the 

muft have very littk of the poeti- inimitable a^ng of Green, a ceie* 

cal Warmth about him, if he brated Comediaa of that THie»i«* 

could be defirous fo todo.-— Lm/o- the Part of J^uWe the Gty Gsl" 

vpick*s Contrivance to have his lant, who, in anfwer to «fery 

Wife Artella tempted by Fiero^ Uk Compliment, comes o«t with the: 

order that he may procure an Op*^ Words Tu quoaue, occafioned the 

portunity of divorcing her, is the Author out ot Regard to htm, to 
iame with ContannP* Humour and * add to it the prefent firft Title.—* 

Contrivance in eJbe Humoroui Cmf" The firft Edition of it, had a Fi- 

|»«r.— -Scene ^tfV0y. gure oi Green in the Title Page, 

G a A V X M A K z a 8. VitU with a Label out of his Mouth, 

Wi T 8 . 7» fuoftte^ to you Sir /—-The Piece 

Great Bastasp. yid. itfelfisrepubliihed among Z)m|^V 

Royal Cuckold. old Plays. 

The Great DtTKi or Flo- Greenwich PaRk. Com/ 

RXNCE. Com. by P. Majpngery by fV, MouktforJ^ 4(0. 1691. -r 

4to. 1636.— 'This Play met witk Thia is a very tolerable Comedy, 

."very gcod Succefs, and it recom- auid met with very good Swccert. 
Viended in two Copies of Verfes, Grey Marr*s the bst- 

Vf Geo, Donne ^nA John Ford, — ter Horse. Vid, Wb&cs 

Sanafarro's giving the Duke a Opera. 

falfe Accoont of the Beauty of Grief a-la-Modx. f^d* 

JJdia, (etmt to ht A ncsir KtCem- Funeral, 
blance to the Story of £<(g»r and Grim the Collier ojt 

Elfrida, Croypon, or the llevil and bi» 

The Great Favorite, or Dame, with the Devil and'Su^ 

the Dukeofhtrmn, Trag. by Sir Dunfian, Com. by 7. T. ismo. 

Koh, Hvwardy 4to. i668..«Some x66i.^The Plot of this Pl^ is 

Scenes of thii Play are written U founded on MachisveS't, Novel of 

blank Verfe and fome laRhime $ the Marriage tf Belphegnr* --*TiMi 

the Scene lies at Madrid, ai^d the Scene lies in England* 
Plot is taken from Maria, Turfuet Gripds anp Hx e 10^ w tkf. 

de Maytrn, and other Hiftoriaas Pajlonaf e Lover*^ PnAonX^hy M«ht>' 

of thole Times. JSarcn, fvo. 1647. "^ "^his Pk^ 

Great Mogvl. fU Av- coofifts of no iMne tkai^ ths*# 

XExf 6X-xXBV« . A£ts, and is mtMy h^nomnA 

The Grecian Heroine, or Arom H^^oBk^a Poe«a» and M^ 

ty FatetfTyremy, by 7^ Duifiy, JljirU Dnckfi tflj^A. *— — Thia 

—This Place It ibelicYe aTrag^ hqwcvci* nay wdu ke «Kau*d^ 

by the Title | it was oe^cr ade^ whrn the lUate it m/vmH tM& 

j^Jure J evff Ytt koh,]^ V«l ^iilMkYUBwiKft>«t la which 


thU m6 the Dtorum Dtina (which two 4^s, 8vo. 1759, — ^Thi» 
he in its Place ) was compofed little Piece is taken in^reat Mea- 
when the Author was no more ^ure from the celebrated Pupille of 
than fetcnteen Years of Age. M. Fagan» -~ It is a pleaiing and 

GitirXLDA. Opera^ by Faoh elegant Piece, the Language eaTy 
AMfnio Rotti, peiformed at the 'uid fentimental, the Plot fimple 
Theat. Roy. in the Haypiarket, auid natural, and the Chai^^ers 
Iyo. I7ai.^-Thc Argnment of ic weH fupported. 
is takes from the celebrated Hi- Ovakdians. P^d* Man or 
#ory afGualtberus and GrijeUay Taste. 

related by Btccaee and Chaucer, -^ O v 1 1 T makes a Co w a r n. 
The Scene jPtfiSmn^ the Capital of ^*d. Lord Blvndxr^s Cok« 
Skihf, with its SuBurbs. r z s s 1 M . 

Tnie Or •▼«, or Lvuit Para-- Oust a v u s Vas a, or tbe Dt" 
iifi» An Opera, by J, 0/dmix9ft, Hverer of bis Country, Trag. by H, 
4to. 1700, performed at Drury *n>e*^, 8vo. 1739.— This Play 
Lane, — The Author in his Pre- i»« gi"eat Merh, yet was prohibi- 
fiRre, acquaints the Critics that ^ to bepkyed, eren after at had 
this Play is neither Tranflation ^een in ReheaHkl, and the Per* 
mr Paraphrafe $ dut the Story it franers were perfeA, on Account 
cntMy new, and that it was at of ibme Strokes of Liberty which 
llfft intended for a Paftord, tfao* breathe thro' feveral Parts of it.— « 
hi the three laft A£b the Dignity The Author, however, was noc 
Hi the C fa ar a ^eys rah*d it hito the injured by the Prohibition, for on 
9oish of a Tragedy. —The Scene pnblifting the Book by Subfcrip- 
1» a Province of //«^, near the tion, the Sums fubfcri bed amoun- 
Onlph of Venice, ted tp above eight hundred Pounds. 

TheORutfsTRXZT OptRA. —It was, however, afted with 
Vy H./rdU^nf, I735,afted afthtf ibme Alterations on tht Iri/B 
little Theat. in the Raymorher, Bttrge, by the Title of Tbi F^ 

The GavMYLER. Com. of tnot. 
three Ads, by Sir C&tf. Sedlty,-^ QvT Eakl or WARWicr; 
This Phy I do not find in any of Trap-Com. byi?. J^ 4to. 1655, 
the Catalogues, but only men- — The Plot of this Piece is foun- 
tioned by Cexeter in his MS. ded on Hiftory^ and at has beefl 
Notes.-^-Scene Porta, attributed to Ben j9nfon 3 but 1 

The Guardian. Comical am apt to believe it only a Con ^ 
Hiftory, by P. Majffinrej', %vo, jefbxre formed from the Letters 
1655. — ^The Incident of ^^m'm^S prefixed to it, the Execution of 
cutting off Calipfo'9 Nofe in the the Work being greatly infe- 
'P^M-k, and taking her for hh rior to thofe of that firft Rate 
Wife JeUittre, is borrowed from Genius. 

Boccace's Novels, Day. S.Nov. 7. Guxman. Com, by the Earl 
and from a Romance calfed tho of Orreryy Fol, 1693. — ^The Scene 

Rwnan Matron,' Scene lies in of this Play lies in Spiin^ and 

^apies, the Plot is from a Romance of 

The Guardian. Com. by the fame Name. 
A. Cvwley, Vid, Cutter or 
Coleman Street. 

The GvARoxAN. Com* of i^ ^^ 

H A H A 

fore Women at»peared upon the 
TT ^tage. The Part of Sopbonifim 

**• being performed by one Exekitl 

Fenne. — It is addroGTed in Vcrles 

THE Halfpay Of rim by the Author, to the Ghofbof^ 
c X It s . Farce of three A As, Hannihal and Sci/n'o, with an An- 
by Cha. Molity, A £ted at the fwcr in their Names directed to 

Theatre in Lincoln t • Iiw-Fuidtf him. —The Plot is founded go 
limo. I720< — The BaTis of this Hiftory, and may be tra(:ed iff 
Play is founded on Sir TV. Dave- Cornelius Nff>oi and Piutarcb \ but 
nanf^i L<m€ and Honour ^ and fome the Unity of Place it moft excef- 
0ther eld PJays. fively broken in upon, the Scene 

Hamlet Princs of Dxn- of the firft ASt lying in Cauia^ 
MARK. Trag. by IV. Sbaiefpeare, of the (iecond at the Court of ^- 
4to. i6c8.-^It would be needlefs pbax, of the third 3XUtica, of the 
to expatiate on the Merits of this fourth at Cartbage, and of the 
inimitable and well known Tra- fifth in Bytbiuia. 
gcdy, which froth its firft Appear- Haknixal*s Ovskthkow* 
ance totheprefentTime,has ever f7J. Sopnonisba. .• . 

deCervedly been received vrith the Hans Bxek Pot^ his inviiir 
mod perfc£t Admiration and uni- ble Comedy of See me, and fit m 
verial Applaufe. — It it recorded tut, 4to. i6i8.--"Thi6 piece is iSn 
«f the Author^ that although his coi^ng to the Author^s ownAc* 
Knowledge and Obiervation of count of it, neither Comedy oer 
Nature rendered him the moft ac- Tragedy, as waatiag firft the juft 
curate Painter of the Senlations Number of Speakers, and fecond-i 
of the human Mind in hi« Wri- ly thofc Parts or A£b it fiiould 
tings, yet, fo different are the Ta- have, which fliould be at the leaft 
lents requSfite for ailing from five, but a plain Conference of fii 
thofe required even for dramatic many Perfons, confilHng of three 
Writing, that thePart of the Ghoft AAi and no more. — It is faid tQ 
In this Play (no yery confiderable have been a£icd by an honeft Com* 
Charadler) was almoft the only * pany of Health Drinkos.— Pi»/> 
one, in which he vras able to tifi txA Winftanbyhvic attribir* 

snake any Figure as a Performer, ted this Piece to 72w. Na/b ; but 

»-Scene Elfinoor, LmSaine, whofe Judgment all 

Hamlet. An Ital. Opera, by the Writers fince have followed in 

^icolini GrimaUi, 8vo. ijii) this Particular, gives it to Z>tfW* 
. performed at the Th. Roy. in the hridie-Cmirt Bekhier, 

Haymarket, — This is founded on Happiness at last. Vid» 

the fame Story with the foregoing Rove a. ^ 

Tragedy. — ^The Scene Denmark, Hap p y Ch a n g e . Vid. Re- 

. Hampstead Hkath. — volution. 

Com. hy Tbo. Baker, 410. 1706. Happy Constancy. Vid, 

— This Play is httle more than Nest of Plays. 

an Alteration of the /ft? a^0x/9r</, Happy Convkets. Vid. 

written by the fame Authof .— pj l c r i m s .- 

The Scene lies ztHampJJead. The Happy Love as, or tbe 

Hannibal AND Scip 10.— » Beau me*emorfbofed. Com* by 

Hiftorical Trag. by Tbo, Nahbes, Hen, W^rd, 3vo.*i747,-^I believe 
llXo, j6jS'^Thi$ Play'was aftcd lUw^PVeteviaAii^Nti vxtd. 

be- ^Kttx 

H £ H £ 

Havpt Paia. J^k/.Doublx The Hectos or GxtMA* 

Deceit. vi*,' ot the Palfp'ove frime Elec^ 

Hakle<iuin Hyoaspzs. — tor. An Honourable Hiftory, by 

Farce. — Of this I know nothing fFin, Smith, ^to, 1615. — This 

<Rore than the Name, and that it Play is not divided into A£ts. 

is one of the Productions of the Hecuba. Trag. Anonymw*— 

jfrefent Century. I know not the Date of this Play 

Harlequin in China. Vid, farther than that it was written 

Pboteus. fince 1700, and was fuppofed to 

Haelzqj(7In*8 Invasion. A be the Work of Mr, Hyty who 

Chrifhnas Gambol, i759* — This was fome Time Lord Chancellor 

Pantomime is ftill often perform- of JreUuid* 

ed at Dr, Ltfu^.— The Plan of it Hecyea. Com.— -This is 10- 

is a fuppofed Invafion made by other of 7>mfcr*s Comedies, for 

Uarteauin and his Train upon the the fereral Tranilations of which 

Frontiers and Domain of Stakef- fee Heauto/ttjmorumenos, 

^arc. — The Characters are made The Heir. Com. by 7i^, 

toTpeak, and the Cataftrophe is May, 4to. 1620.— The Plot, 

the Defeat of HarUauin, and the Language and Condud of this 

Aeftoration of K. ^bakefpeare. Play are all admirable ; it met 

Harlequin^s OrERA. Vid, with great Applaufe, andishigh- 

Fashionable Lady. ly commended in a 0>py of Verfes 

Harlequin S o r c e r er, by Mr. Carew.^^lt is to be fotind 

with the Lovex of Fluto and Fro- in Dodjlt/t Oollc£tioi>— -Scene 

fertint, Pantom. 1752. — This Syracufe, 

Piece contains a great Deal of The Heib or Morocco/ 

▼cry fine Machinery, and brought with the Death ofGayland, Trag/ 

crowded Houfes to the Manager by Elk, Settk, 4to. 1 682.— Scene 

of Ccvent Gardep Theatre for fc- Algiers, 

teral Seafons after its firft Ap- Hell*8 rich Covrt of 

pearance. Justice, ottheTryalofthetbret 

The Hasty Wedding, or Politick Gkofis, (via. Oliver Crom" 

the Jhtriguifig Squire, Com. by tpf//, the R. of SvfuUfi, and 

Cha, Sbadwef/,'---Sctne Dublin,^' Cardinal Masaarine,) 4to. i66i« 

Time eight Hours. •*— This Play was, I fuppofe, ne- 

Haunted Housb. Tid, ver aAed, it being entirely poli - 

Drummer. deal. — ^It has the Letters J, D,' 

Heaven*s LATE Revenge, prefixed. 

i^d, Andronicus*s Impib- The Henpecked Captain^ 

TIBS. or r^e Humours of the MUtia, 

Heautontimorumenos • Farce, 174^. 

Com. hy Terence, tran/lated' by Henry and Rosamond. 

Pieb. Bernard, — ;— This Play, as Trag. by ^, Hawkins, 8vo. 1749. 

well as the reft of Terence*^ Co- This P!av, tho* never a^ed, is 

medies, has been alfo tranflated "Very far from a bad Piece.— The 

hj Ecbard, Patrick zni HooU, Plot is taken from the ancient 

The Hectors, or the fa/fe Storf of Fur Rofimond* 

Challenge. Com. Anonym. 1656. Henry U. King or Eng- 

^-'•^Langbaine gives this PJajr t land, witb tht Death of IL«5** 

fcrygo^Chan&c^ wmd. Tra%. ^ ^ob« Baticrt^t, 

1^ V^, 


4tfV i^9}^>— This Piece tf ia 8*' ' Hbnkt^IV.op Fbancb. Tr 

neral Tr^edy, but with a Mix- by Cba» Betkingbam, %^o\ 17x9. 

tnre of Comedy ; it hito not the -^The Plot of this Play is taken 

Author's Name prefixed to it^ yet from the Hiilory of that great 

it met with very good Sttccefs, Prince ; the Piece was written by 

and is indeed truly deferring of the Author at the Age of 19, 

it.—- The Story T>f it nay be found and pk€tcA in LincoUCt^lnm'FieUst 

in the Englijb Hiftorians, and re- with good Succefs. 

prefents chiefly that Part of thia The Life of Hinr t V. Aa 

Princess Life which relates to .h^RonQ9XV]xY,\iy fF^Sbake^esrtt 

Jto/2raiiW.<—The Scene Ues in Obr- 4to. 1600.-- This PUy has alfi> 

ford, and the Epilogue was writ- an Intermixture of Comedy, and 

ten by Dryden, is juflly cfteemed an admirable 

Henry IU. op Fiancb^ Piece, infomuch that notwith- 

fMd hy a FrioTf with the Fall ftanding the icveral Alterations 

of the Guifa, Trag. by Tbo, that have been attempted to be 

Shifmian, 4to. 1678.—- The Story made in it, the Original ftill 

of this Play is borrowed from ftands its Ground, and is con- 

Dttvila^ and the Life of the Duke ftantly performed with univerfal 

of Effaron, The Scene Bl§is^ Appbule«-^ The Character of 

removed in the third A&. to the fiemUen, the H^eki Captain, in 

Camp at St, Chud before Farit» particular is admirably drawn.—* 

HxKRY IV. An Hiftorical The Scene in the Beginning lies 

Play, by ff^, Shakffieare, in two in £iffiS«iM/, and afterwards wholly 

Parts. — The firft containing the in Frawe, 

Life and Death of Hemy, fur- Heni y V. Trag. by the £• 

named Hotfpur,. j^q^ 1599 j and of Orrery, FoL 167a.— -^Thi» 

^ fecond the Death of Henry Play may be tracM in the £ngUJk 

IV. and Coronation of Henry v, Citfoniclea of that Princess Reign 
4to, 1600. — Both thefe Plays are< and in the French Ones of that of 

l^rfeAMafter-Plecesin this Kind Chjirlet VI.— Scene France. 

of Wri^ng, the Tragedy and Co- ; Hin a y Vr w//A tbe BattU tf 

IDcdy Parts of them being fo jSglncouH, An hiftorical Play^' 

^ely connef^ed with each <}ther, aSed by the K/s Servants, I7i7» 

as to render the whole regular and Hene y V. or r^ Canque^ of 

compleat, and yet contrafted with Frmut, Ti9g» by jlaron Hiu,. 

likh Boldnefs and Propriety, aa 8vo« 1723. — This is a very goo4 

fo make the varioua Beauties of Plays'—The Plot and Language 

each the moft perfedly confpi- are in ibme Places borratwedfrooa 

cueus. — The CharaAcr of Ki^ii^ Sbukefpearey yet on- the whole it 

is one of the gveateft Originala is greatly alterM,, .aad a iccond 

drawn, by the Fen of evea this Plot is introduced by the Additioit 

inimitable MaAer, and in tht- of a new Female Character, vis» 

Chara^er of the Prince of fVakt Harriet, a Niece te Lord Scroope, 

the Hqxo and the Libertine are fo- who haa bean formerly fiMi«ced 

£nely blen^d^ that the Spe£^atoe by the Ki/ig.'— — She appeaas in 

cannot avoid perceiving, even ia Men*s .Clfaths throughout^ and 

t^ greateft Levity of the iTavem as made the Means of di(cov«EiBf 

i^e, the mgtk lively Traces of the Confpiracy agalnft hin. 

tbc aAerwird$ iUuflrioiM Cha^ Hri^sl'v VV ^^tocvcal PU^ 

H E ^ HE 

4l». r0oo. ^Tbefe three Play» Things, the Charaaer of Cmr- 

contain the whole Life and long dinal fy^lfey in particular being 

unhappy Reign of this Prince. In very finely fupported. — It terxni- 

Confequenceofwhichitisimpofli- nates with a very elegant Com- 

ble but that all theUnities of Time, pliment to Q^EltMabetby ifi whofe 

Place and Action muA be greatly BLeign it was firft reprefented. 
broke in upon ; yet has the Au> Hekaclivs Emysror op 

thor made the moft valuable Ufe the East. Trag^ by Lodcmick 

of the Incidents of real HiAory, Carleil, 410. 1664. — This is.lit- 

to which he has very ftri£tly ad- tie more than a Tranllation from 

her*d. the, Heradius of CorneJUc^—lt wa» 

Henry VI. the frfi Party intended for the Stage, but was 

wtb the Murder of the Duke of never aAed, another TranflatioA 

Chucefter, Trag. by J, Crowni, having been preferred before it by 

410. J 68 1. This Flay was at the Performers, and this Piece 

firil afled with Applaufe, but at not return d to the Author till 

length the Romijh Faction opposed the Day that the other was a£^<*. 

it, and by their Intereft at Court — The Plot of it is from Baronius* 

got it fupprefs^d.— *Part of it is Ecclefiaftical Annals, but the Au- 

borrowed from Siaiejf carets Plays thor has not ftridlly tied himfelf 

above-mentioned. Scene the down to hiftoncal Truth.— The 

Court at Wefimiitfter, Scene lies in QmftantimpU,- 

Henry VI, the fecend Fart, Who wa« thfr Author of theo« 

or the Miferies af civil War, Tr. ther Tranllation I cannot learn^ 

by y. Crowft, 4to. 1680.— This nor where it was a£ted ; but 

Play was v^ritten before the Isift- notwithOanding the Preference 

named One, and was fir(V printed ihewn to it, this is very far from 

by the laft Title only. — This is being contemptible, 

alfo ia great Meafurc borrowe4 Hercules. AnOpera» 

from Shakefpiart, Hercules.. Vid, Novts* 

King Henry VII. or the Po» ty. 

pijb lignfior, Tisig. hy Cha, Mack" Hercules Fur ens» Trag» 

H/i, ivo. 1746. — This Piece it hy Ja^ffer Heytvood,'^This is oni% 

built on the Story of Perkin JVar^ a TranBation from ^Seneua, ah4 

hecky but it met with general is printed together with the Throat 

Difapprobation, and indeed the and Ti^y^^i in 410. X581. 

very faipropriety in the Title, of Hercules 0£t« us. Trag« 

aoentioning a Popip3 Impoftor ia tranflated from Seneca by J, Stud* 

t Period or Time previous to the /<^.— This is by fome thought to 

Introdttdion of Prot^antifnt in ' be an Imitation of the TRAX* 

thoie Kingdoms, had an Air of IKIAI of SopbocUu 

Abfordity, which ieem*d even be* Hbrminius Espasxa* 

fore iu Appearance to fiand as a Trag. by Mr. Harty 8vo, lyss*-^ 

Foretafte ii no very ekgimt #r The Author of this Play was a 

judicious £ntertainment« Seticb Gentleman, and it made 

Hxi>riY Vm. TbefammaHif' hs firAr Appearance on the MditU' 

Hry of bit Life, Hiftorical Pla^, hur^ Stage, but without zssf 

\h IV, Sbak^eare, 4to.— -TKti is great Succefs. 

w defing P.iece of the whole Hsrmou Pmvci; «t Cvi^^ 

Seiias oi this Aath^'t biAorical ab a» or fbe EsttHmagamX 2^l»w 

Sammi ^ ctnuum muij £ii» Xp|p» ^Y 1>|« GlaiM|i Vi^ vjaS 



—This Tragedy -was brought on neither in his Hand-writing, nor 

the Stage in Ire/and, but the Pub- " it by any Means of a Piece 

lication of it was rcferved for wi^h even th^ moft indifferent of 

London, that Author's Works. Scene 

'" Hero and Lia'nder. The lies in J?r/Vtf//». 
Tragedies of, by Sir Rob, Stapy/- Heroic Jiw. f^J, Belti- 
ton, 4to. 1663. — Whether this shazzar. 
Play was ever adled or not, feems Heroic Love, or the cruel 
to be a dubious Point, altho' the Separation. Trag. by Lord Ifanf" 
Prologue and Epilogue carry an downe, 4to. 1698. — —This Play 
Implication of the Affirmative, was afted with great Applaufe^ 
— ^The Plot is taken from Ovid'i and is indeed one of the beft of 
Epiftles, andM»/<r«5'jErort^fl^/o«. the Tragedies of that Period.— < 
The Scene the Towns and Tow- The Plot is taken from the Se- 
ers of Seftoi and Abydos, the paration oi Acbiiies and Bryfeh, 
Hellefpont flowing between them, in the firft Book of Homer, and 

Herod akd Antipater. the Scene lies in the Gr^c/^n Fleet 

Trag. by Gervafe Markham, 4to, and Camp before Troy, The 

1622. — The Plot of this Play is Unities are ftriftly adher'd to, 

taken from Jofephus*s Antiq. of and the Language fublime yet 

the Jews, Book 14 and 15. eafy, the Author feeming to have 

fiEROD AND Mariamne. made it his principal Aim to a- 

Trag. by Sam. Pordage, Efqj 4to. void all that Fuftian and Bombaft 

1673. — This Play was given by wherewith the Tragic Writers, 

its Author to Mr, Sett/e, to ufe and more efpecially thofe of that 

and form as he pleasM ; it was^ Time, were but too apt to inter- 

howeycr, many Years before it lard the ii* Works. — The Condu- 

could be brought upon the Stage, fion of this Play was altered after 

but Xvhen it 3id appear, it met the firft Reprefentation, his Lord- 

with very good Sdccefs.— — The fliip's Reafons for which may be 

Plot is from Jofepbus, the Story feen in his Preface. 
6fTyrid:ttes in Cleopatra, and the The Heroic Lover, ^tt the 

Unfortunate Politic, or the Life of Infanta of Spain, Trag. by Geo, 

Berod, tranflatcd from the F«Wi&, Carpwrigbt, 8vo. .x66i. — — Thia 

tvo. 1639. Play is no$ mentioned by Lang-^ 

Herod the Great. Trag. baincy and is, in all the later Ca- 

by the E. of Orreyy, — This is on talogues (which have copied from 

the fame Story with the two one another, and confequent^ 

foregoing Plays. — It was never perpetuated inftead of corre^ing 

ft£ted, tut was printed In 4to. Miftakes) entitled Heroic Love,-^ 

1604, The Scene lies in PoAkm/, and the 

Heroic Daughter. Fid, Author himfelf caih it a Poem, 

XxMENA. confifting more of fatal Truth 

Heroic Frtendship. Tr.. than flying Fancy: PennMma- 

4to, 1710.— This i? a very paltry ny Years ago, but not ptiblifte4 

and ftupid Performance, and was till now, — and I imaf^ne never 

■ever a^d, nor indeed deferving afted. 

ofbein^fo. — It has been prete(^(U Hews on reduc*d, or Mr 

ed iyr /bme to have hettt thtVloxi^f^ Sbonnahr r^turr^d to Ids Trddc,-^ 

vf Mr, Ofway, /bund among his ** Bem^a ^Voav, \NVttt\ii\it*- 

/V^sry «^ier£iil>eatli, but il wit ^tcCeivtcd x>:vc ^^^^ ^"^ ' ^^^^J^ 


fiyeneis and loginuhy o£ that on at the Th. Kpy, in XV. Z<i'^ 
Pj9fe£Ron, when*tis kept within it met with little or no Sucee&r 
its own Bounds, and goes not be- High Life below Stairs. 
yond the Laft.'* 4to. 1661. — By Farce of two AAs, 8vo. ijjg*-^ 
this Title at Length is this Piece This little Piece feems to aim at 
mentioned in Coxetert ^S. but two Points for the Reformation 
1 do not find it named any where of Morals.— The firft to repre- 
befides. fent as in a Mirrour to Perfons im^ 

Hey roR Honesty, Down high Life ibme of their oWn FoI« 
WITH Knavery. Com. by lies and Fopperies, by cloathing 
71>o, Rmndolpby 4X0. i€5i.-*Thi8 their very Servants in them, and 
is little more than a Tranflation iheMring them to be contemptible 
Arom the Plutusof jiriftopbanes,?^^ and ridiculous even in them.-* 
It was afterwards augniented and . The iecond, and more principal 
publiihed in 8vo. by F. ^.—- The Aim as to open the Eyes of th^ 
Scene lies in London, and it is in- Great^ and convince Perfons of 
troduced by a Dialogue betwetn Fortune what Impofitioxxs even ta 
Arijiophanti, the Tranflator, and the Ravage and Ruin of their 
QUonz Ghoft. Fortunes they are liable to, from 

HiBERNiA rRXB*J>. Trag* the WaAefulnefs and Infidelity of 
hy Cz^t, ff^, PbiUips, 8<vo. 1721. their Servants, for Want ai a 
-— A^ed at the Theat, ia Liac,- proper Infpe£^io'n into their do* 
inn -Fields, meftic Affidrs.— — >It pofleflei ^ 

Hic ET UbiovB) ottheHu' confiderable Share of Meiit, and 
movrt of Dublin* Com. hyKicb, met with moft amasing Succeft 
fiioJ, Ato. 1663.— This Plixy is in jLmm2m.— In Edinbatjrb, how» 
Aid to have been a^ed privately ever, it found piodigioiis Op^ 
with gcneial Applaufc. — Scene pofition from the Gentlemen of 
i)MbSn, the Party- colour*d Regiment, who 

The HiCHLAKn Fair, or taisM rweated Riots in the Pky- 
fhe Union of tbe CUmu A Ballad houfe whenever it was a^ed, aa4 
^^P^'** ^y 3^1* MxtcbeU, 8vo. even went fo far as to threaten 
'7.3i»"-Thc Plot of this Piece is the Lives of fome of the Pefw 
l>oilt on the fatal and bloody formers.— 'This Infblence, how^ 
Confequences which but too fire- ever, in fome Degree brought a> 
^uently vfed to happen at fome bout the very Reformation it 
of the Highland Fairs, from the meant to oppofe, and in Part the 
IQjiarrels which were apt to arifi: Intention of the Farce, being the 
•n the Meeting of Perfons of the Occafion of an Aflbciation imme- 
feveral Clans, whofe Arong Fa- diately entered into by almoft aU 
mily Connexions and Party At- the Nobility and Gentry of Scot- 
tachments rendered each Clan in land, and publickly fubfcribed 
ibme Degree a feparate Nation tointhe periodical Papers, where- 
eitber in Alliance, or in a State by they bound themfelves muta- 
of Warfare with every other ally to each other to put a Stop 
neighbouring One. — This the Au- to the abfurd and fcandalous Cuf- 
til or, being himfelf a Scotchmany torn of giving Vails, prevalent no 
was well acquainted with ; but where but In thefe Kingdoms, 
the Subject being too local for Hippolitus. Trag. hy Edm, 
the £ii^/j^ Stage, when brought Prefrwicb, Svo, x6^\. — TlVvv^v^ 


HO no 

H Trandation from Sauea, is Bfera, by Mr. Or'W^r. — — -ft ha« 

made entirely hi RJiyme, with Ken fiuce publiftc!d, and is sow 

Comments on every Scene, and performed under the Title of 

fix Copies of recommendatoiy Fkra, or Hoi in the Well. 

Verfes Vy fStrfy, Cotton, Sec, Hob's Wedding. Farce, W 

HtasM, or fife Fair Greek, John Leigh, tvo. 1721. — ^This 

Trig, by /ST. Barkfted, 8vo. is partly taken from, and partly 

l6f I. a Continuation of the fame Play 

The HfSToarcAt Rz9i8. with that from which the laft" 

*Ti», for the Year 1736. Com. nam^d Piece is borrowed. * 

ky H, FitUing, Bto.— To fome Hoffman his Tkagzdt, 

Reflexions on the Miniftry ^r A Revenge fir a Fdtber, 4to. 

thrown out in this Piece, and in l63i« — This Play, whoever was 

the Fafjuin of the fame Author, the Author of it, was adopted by 

'were owing an A A of Parliament one Hugh Ferry, and by him fcnt 

lor laying a Reftraint on the Stage, to the Prefs, and defeated to 

%y limirittg the Namlier of The- Mr. R. Kihtert, 

Mrts, and fobmitting every new Th^HoGOt rath lost Rit 

#uia(ie Piece to the Infpe^HoA Pxarlz. Com. drven Timei 

0f the Lord Chamberlain, pre* fv^iekfy atfed ly certain London 

%io«i to tti Appeuittce on the Frentices, ^6* x6iz.— -The Part 

9tage. of the Plot from which the Piece 

HltTOir or Bacoi? xk derives its Name, is the Elope^^ 

TiftfttlfXA. 1^ Widow nent of the Dani^ter of one 

Kaii TBI. ^^^^ *n Vfattr, who is one of 

* HxtTOtr or Btrwar. the priiidpat Charadters? in the 

Wtd, NoBonr AifB' SomzBoor. VYtf^^-^he %^a^c1^es in Ldndoir* 

Kisf <Mir or Jt^nrn, Fid, 'The HottAjrurB, Cam* by 

dof noufPOMCAF. H<»r.G/tf^/^0r0f, written a^idift^ 

- HiaToBT or Po^b Jo a jr. »635, and printed in 4fo. ttj^% 
Wfd, Femakk PaiLATE. **-Scew: Z.<w<fe». 

' 'The History of th« rwo HotiAHD^isLtAGWtR.Com, 

Maibs o^ Mooke Clacke. hy Sbaierfty M^rmyon, 4X0. 16^^ 

Vfith theLifi andfrnpte Mamer —This Piece iftet with great Ap*- 

^ John in the HoJ^itaK Com. by plaufe. — ^The Story was printed 

Roi, Ahm'n, 410, 1609.— The the fame Year in 4to. but there 

mot of this Piece is probably is no Incident in this Play taken 

takien from fhme oM StOry known from it, but a Detedioo of the 

Bt theie Times, bat now ktft in Sin of Pandarifm. — The Author 

ObfivioR. has, however, borrowed feveral 

Kistoar or UNroarvKA- Circumftanccs from Fetronius Ar* 

*nr9. Fid. BANisRSoDuKK. hiter, ywvtma!, and others of the 

- HrsTEiOMASTilix^ or the Cla^ Writers.— Scene in Lon* 
Flayer wbiff'^d. Com; Anonym, dop, 

4to. 16^10. The Hove ST La Wye a. 

Ho 9, or the Cnntry ffake. Com. 4to. 1616.— This Play 

Ballad Farce, 8vo.— This is only has the Lettters S. S. prefixed 

D9gget^$ Country Wake^ rcduc*d to it. 

Into the Bulk of a Farce, and An Honest Mak's Foa- 

tr/tfrfiieAdJitioAof frveralSongi twre, Tragi-Cbm. by Reati» 

m i^yifdjwer of the Beggar i mnt voA Fleicber, Yo\, %^^.— 

Ha Ha 

Tkt Uidient o£ tamr^s^prtfei'^ da/t^ and wat written by EJw, 

ii% ^fMOaigne to be Iwr Huftand IVard, the Author of the LorOhm 

la tke Time of his gfctteft Ad- Jj^ bBtifancjrwit never brought 

vedky, and when he had tjbe on the Stage, 
ieaft Aeafoa to expe^ k, ieema H«n«k,ia an»' Mammon. 

hortemtd {torn Hiyw9ed*s Htftvy Com,*— The Scene of this Piece 

y* Xf^HKi% Book 9. '■ ■' ■ Sce ne ia lies at Metrapdis, or Mev TVisf .— « 

Psrit, See farther under Con T CUT I oif 


/W. Atbxist's TsAGEPV. HoMova or Walzs. ^/A' 

HoKSST Maw or Tavk» Px.£asvrb ii*xcomcil'd to- 

TOM. ^TJL DowKrALt. or Vi«tvx. 
9*tBSRY. HoRACx. Trag. by Cbarlef 

The Honest Wjiosx. Com. Cpctmi, 410. 1671. — This is only 

hj The* Btchir, 410. 1^35.'— T- a Tpanflation oi the ii£ir^r of P. 

The irft Part contains the Hu- Coa^ei/Ie, — The Plot of the ori. 

mnirs of the FatUni Man and the ginal Piece is taken from the fe- 

hmgin^fVtfie, and was a£t«d with Ycral Rsmsn Hiftoriaas of the 

Applaufe.— -The f&sohA Part eon- Story of the Horatii and Ctiriatii,' 

tains die Huaoouis of the Pattern —This i« a .very good T^nHa-i 

Men amd the impatient Wife^ the tion. 

Honeft fVhore perfuaded by Arong HoaAtx. Trag. by Mrs. Cath^ ^ 

Arguments xm tv^m Ctnrtexaa^ a- Phillips, Fol. 1678. — This is a 

gain \ her bravely refuting theie Tranflation of the fame Piece as 

Aliments \ and laiUy» the co- th« foregoing, and was very juftly^ 

mkal Paflage.of an .£ri/unii7i7ir* celebrat^. — The fifth A^ waa- 

vuellf w^here the Scene ends«— -^^^ added by Sir ^^ J^m&tf/fv, and 

This Part it not divided into Ads, it was prefented at Court by Per-- 

a«d I hcheve was never a£led/— fond of Quality.—- The Prologue 

The Incident of the Patient Man being ^ken by the D. <>f Aft*. * 

and hie bnpatieat Wife going to mouth, 

fight for the Breeches, may be Horatius. Tn%* by Sir 

loond in Sir J»bn Harrington'^ Wm, hsKotry 4^, 1^56.— This 

fptgrams publiihed at the ^d of is alfo a Tranflation from Corner 

his Tranilatton of the Orhmd» ilhy but k noC equal to either of 

furhfoi Book L Epigr. i6i. the preceding two.—- The Scene 

Tlie HoMxt T YoR xsmix b- is in JRaM» in a liall of HtraliuVw 

MA v. BaUad Farce, by Hen^ Koule. 

Carif, $vo. 1735.*^ That Piece ^^ Hospital for Fool;. 

iiee with good Soccefs, aad^it Faroe, by Mr. ^/frr, Svo. 173^. 

Kill fre^tNatiy aAcd with Appro- -*Thi» Piece made it» Appear- 

hatiMi. ance at Dr, Lane The. but^ bcin{f 

Hoirmt T Yen kams t x-M a w. known fo be M^ller*9, waa damn^dj^ 

Vrd» WMrncB. the Diftorbancc being fo |f«tt, 

MoiiJttTT i» IXiSTX^xtSy thnt notoneWoidef itwRsheard 

sw BSLiBT*9^ BY Ko Par« the whok Ntght. — • The Reafotk 

TT^ Tmg. -m it is hi^fyaffed of thit pnrtial^ Prejndke again* 

iy hmrJ^e/iftSulieBtnponGmPt it ms^ be traced nndtrtheAc* 

ikM the Wttddy 4to^ vjo^^^"^ oevat. ibtntf gif or tf the Cofit* 

ThiaPsecncoa^t^f. thmAoii htuff. 
AikL'^Thc Sccag had iu Lm- '1l%'«^% 

H U H U 

HovfS XK A HvRtT. /?/. ISbo, Shadweff, 410. 1671.— 'Tk 
P0LXDV8. Scene of this Piece is laid in L«ft* 

How A Mam may cmvsk a don in the Year 1670, and the 
cooD Wife from a bad« .Intention of it was to ndicQle 
Com. Anonym. 4to. 1608. fome of the Vices and Folfies of 

The Foundation of this Play is the Age.-— Yet this very Defign, 
taken from Cyntbio'% Novels^ laudable as it was, raised the Au« 
Dec. 4. Nov. 5. but the Incident thor many Enemies who were de- 
^iAnjcImi% faving young Arthur 9 termin*d to damn it, right or 
Wife out of the Grave, and car< wrong , ~ and compelled him 
rying her to his Mother's Houfe, to mutilate his Play, and ei^uUge 
is related in a Novel call'd JLovf his main Pefign to avoid giving 
in the ^rave in the Pieafimt Cm- Offence.— The Duration of the 
pani^tt, and is the Subject of fe- Scene is 24 Hours. 
veral Plays,— -The Scene is in HvMOva otrr of Besatk. 
lj>ndon. Com. by John Daje, 4to. 1607* 

The HvMORovsCovRTiZK. The HuMovas of a Cor<-^ 
Com. by^tf Shiriey, j^to, 1640. fse-hovsz. Com. as it is daily 
—This Play was a£led with very a£led at moft of the Cofiee-hoaib 
good Succefs*— -Scene Mmntua: in London, by Mr. E4^, Ward, 
■ HuMORoua Day*s Mietm. • Humours of Dublii«. Vid* 
Com. by George Chapman, 410. Hic et Ubi^ue. 
1599* Humours of Elections* 

The Humorous Lizuts- Vid, Gotham Election. 
VANT. Tragi-Com. by Beetu» The Humovbs of Ex<- 
mont »nd FUtcher, Fol. 1699.—- c hang e-Al let. Farce^ by 
This is an exceeding good Play. H^, R, Cbettoood, 
•—It was the firft that was a^ed,. Humours of Jockey trb 
and that for 12 Nights fuccef- Highlander. yid.EAM.t,ot 
fively, at the Opening of the Th. Mar marred. 
in Dr. Lane, Apr. 8, 1663.— The Humours of Oxforo. 
The Plot in generalis taken Uom Com. by Ja^ Miller, 8vo. 1729. 
lPlutarcb\ Life of Demetrius, and >-This was the firft and the m<^ 
other Writers of the Lives of original of all this Author's dra- 
Antigonui and Demetrius \ and the matic Pieces.— It met with mid- 
Incident of the Humorous Lieute- dling fuecefs on Ihe Theatre, but 
. ftant refufing to fight after he has drew on Mr. Miller the Refent' 
been cured of his Wounds, feems ment of fome of the Heads of 
borrowed from the Story of Lu- the Cdleges in Oxford ,^ who 
r«//i^i's Soldier related by Horace k>ok*d on themfelves as f«tyriz*d 
in the fecond Book of his Epif. in it.—- Scene lies in Oxford, > 
ties, £p. %,'^%QtDt Greece. The Humours of PurCa* 

The Humorous Lovers, tory. Farce of two A^; by 
Com. by the D. of Newcaflte, Benj, Griffin, z2mo. i7i6.-»The 
4to, London 1677, — ^This Come- Plot of this Play feems borrowed 
dy is faid hy Langbaine to he a entirely from Fleteher^s UttleTh'ef, 
very good Play.-— The Scene li^ ' The Humours of Wap* 
in Covent Gardeni . fimg. Faive, i2mo. 1703. 

Humourist CucK^VP*.^^* Humours of YottK, Vid. 
M£jiRYMA8(ivitRADZti$, y , NqiltHS&N HjiIKKit* ' ' 


- • 

HuMouis or Sir JonN of afcove thirty Nigihtt. T he 
TwYFOKD* yid, Kj^HBtiVG Oddity, Whimficalaeis aiid Oil- 
Justice. ginaHty of it was what occAfioned 

The HuMovKt- or the this amacing Succcft, the fUf 
Age, Com. by ^Tbo.sBal^, 4to. itfelf being one of the iRoft ab« 
lyoL-rThis Play was wfittenin furd Compages ^ wild extravt- 
two Moothc, and that when the gant Incideats, incoherent~Sea* 
Author was but barely of Age.— « dments, and unconneAed £X«- 
The Grand Scene is in a fl^ard- logae8.<^— The Author himfetf 
ing Houfe, andh-the Timf 12 {rerformedthe principal Part, vrxu 
Hours, beginning at ten in th^ that of Lord FiSffmr, fometim^iifi 
Mbmiag; otoe Key, fometiraes in another | 

The HuMOVKS OTTHE ^E- ibmetxmes Fidling, fometimes 
MT. Com. hy Cba, ShadwW» Panning, and fometimes walking 
4to. lyij.— This Play met wl^i m very high Stilts.— -The cele*. 
^rtfj good Suctefs.— The Scenti hrated Dr. Byrom, the Inventor 
lies in the Camp near £has* of a peculiar Kind' <^ Short- Hand^ 

The Time fix Hours. ' wrote a Prologue to it, iii which 

HvMouES OP THE CoMP- hts Intention was to point out bf 
TEE. /7^. CiTT Ramble. ^ friendly Hint to the Author^' 
HuiiovKS OP THE Mitl- t^e Abfurdity of his Play. — Mr«' 
TiA. Fid, Henpecked Cap- J^tnfm howcYcr, fo far from' 
TAIK. perceiving the Ridicule, look'd. 

HuMOVEs OP THE Navy. on \K. as a Compliment, and had 
Vid. Fair Qvakee or Deal, it bQkth fpoken and printed to the 
*. The HuMOUES op the Piece.— Yet, notwithflanding air 
RoAOf or A Ramble to Oxford, that ha* here been fald^ it con- 
Com. Anonym, xys^* tains in fome Places ceitaja 

HtTMOVES RECONCILED. f^<</. Strokcs both of Seiitiment arid 
Magnetic Lady. Imagination that would' do Ho-'. 

Hu MVHE T Duke ^v Glov- nour cv^ to the moll capital Ge- 
ccsTEt. - Trag. by Amhrofe nius, and which fpeak the Au- . 
FbiUfi^ 8v^. 1712. — The Fiot thor, if ^ Madman, at leaft a . 
of this Play is fousded on Hiftory, Madmtin with more than ordina- 
and the Piece itfelf met with ry AbiKtiei. 
great Applaufe. The Hu^^bano his owm 

The Huntington Divee- Cuckold. Com, \r§JAnDry» 
TisEMENT, or It* Ettttrhde fir ditt^jttn* 4to. 1696.-— The Story ' 
ibe general Stttertainment at the on whiclK.thii Plajr is founded^ 
Country Feafi^ held at Merchant - waa^n" Acgid^ which happened 
Taylor*8 Hall, Jane 10, 1678, at Jfa(MA,^Th^ Author, how- 
410.— This Piece hat the Let^ ever, has transfa|r*d the Scene to 
W, M» and is dedicated t^ the fi^An^— •The Prologue is writ- 
Ndbilaty and Gentry of the Coon- ten \>y Cwigreve, ^lid the I'reface ~ 
try.— The Scene lies In HHtcbh" ■ and Epilogue by Mr* Drydttn^fen^ , 
hr^kf Grave, Fiddf^ «Bd Mca- H u s b a n 0*s Cuat^ /%£. / 
dowa. ' WtPE'sR^Liir. 

HvELoTitfiu«c»o. Com. hf \HuisBANB*s Ret^ ngs. r^« ^ 
7^A«^ 8ve. x729.-«/rhit Piece Bvssy D'Ambois. ' 
w«s pciiSM7ii!d.8t the Little 7h». Hti^asves* An O^t^v ^1 

« Y JA 

lPer£orined at the Theatre in the SanJoni, and performed at the 

Baymarket, — ^The Mu/ic by Fran- Th. Roy. in the Haymarht, Svo^. 

ctfco M4fcini,zod the Scenes paint- 1735* — The Scene is in Lmnot, 

cd by Marco Rizxi, -^ — For the Story See Herodotus, 

^Hyoe Pakx. Com. by Ja. Lib. 6. OviJ, ya/erius Flaccus, kc* 
Sbirity, Ivo. ,1637. 

HymsnaIi or the Sclemnitiet _ 
of a Mafjue and Barriers at a 

Marriage, by Ben yon/on, 4to. j 

1606.— To this Piece the Author J 
has annexed many very curiont 

i^d' learned marginal Note* for TACKD&VM*s£i»TZftTAiir'> 

the niuftration of the ancient J Mt^st, or tbtflem/atit Come^ 

Creek and Rowian Cuiloms. •/ fafquil and Katbannt, Anon. 

Hymen's Triumph. Paf- 4to. i6t6,-— ^The Incident of 

tpral Tragi-Com. hy Sam* Da- Mammek's poilbning Katbarine'% 

rielf 4to. 1613.— This Piece was Face, feems borrowed from/)«- 

pVefented at an Entertainment niagorais Treatment of Partbenia 

given toK. yamt I. by his Qiicen in jirgabu and Partbema. 
a.t her Coort in the Strand, on Ja^>^ JvecLti.— >— -This ii 

the Nuptials of Lord Boxborougb, caUed a- Comedy in Jacob, Lang- 

and is dedicated to the £aid Queen, baine and all the old Catalogues, 

—It is introduced by a very pretty who/e Authors do not pretend to 

Prologue, in which Hymen is op- have ieen itj^ or to aifign any 

90(cd by Avarice t Envy zoAJea- I^^te to jt | but in the Britijb 

Uujy, U)e three greateft Difturbers Tbeatre it ftands with the Appear* 

t matrimonial Happinefs. ance ofi Authority as follows, vi»» 

HYPzaMNXSTRAy oxLove in A merrie Interlude tf Jack Jug* 

^$art, Trag. by i?o^. Owm, 4to. glere, 15S7. 
1703.—-The Scene lies in Argou Jacx &TftA'w*s Lifx anb 

The Story is built on Hiftory, I^xa^h^^ w<a^/« J{«^mi £ng. 

and the Time the fame as that land, wbo ,wm kitted in Smitly- 

.^ the Rcprefentation. —The Fiel^ by tbe l^rd Mayor ofLon' 

l^ay, iiowever, was never aAcd, don, i593.-*TKit Play is divide 

The Hyp ocNOMD HACK, cd very oAly^ confiAing of no 

Com. by Mr. 0»ei7.—— This is more than four Aas.— The Plot 

only a Tranilation of MoliereU is taken frocn the Englijb Chro* 

Malade imaginaire. nicies in their Relation of this rer 

TheHvPocHONPaiAc. Far. markable Event in the Reign of 

AiDonym. borrowed from the /tiebatd II, 
foregoing; but never a6ted. Jacx thx Giant' Quxl* 

Hypocrisy alamodx.^^ lxr* An Opcratical Play, by 

Stacx BiAV Tosi'p IN, A Hm. ^rMr.-^TIUs fatyricaland 

Blanxst. ingeniouft Piece waf perfbrmed 

HyppoiiTvs, Trag. traof- •t the Theatre in Dublin'in 1748, 

kted from Seneca by J, StudUy, but was prdhibitM lifter the firft 

— ^Thls is mentioned tiy Latig" Nightl Repielentation.-— — Th« 

kaitMf but I canpet find it ia any Soaiip kowevti^'ia idle Words of 

•f the •dier Catalcgues. wUch the IMatffft* F«t of k« ff^- 

Jirrtjf^LKi, An Opc^ liy tyf iscdat&ncit wctejwijMifted 

}A J^ . ^ 

ly themfclves in an 8vo Pam- Autbor would have done hlrriCeff 

^hlet. more Juflice in omitting that Afr 

Jacob and Esav. An In- fcrtion, fince the flowing Harmo'* 

terlude, 410. 1 568.— This is a ny and Smoothnefs of Numbers in 

very early' Piece. — It is written his own natural Language, need 

in Metre, and printed in the old not the Afliflances of fuch a Hint 

Black Letter.— It's full Title to induce even the moft tranfitory 

runs as follows. j f new, nuiy and fuperficial Cxitic to admir^ 

and toittie ComeMe or EnterluJe, their Beauty. 
mvflie imprinted f treating upon tke Ibrahim, theJUuftrioui IBaffa* 

Hijiorie of Jacob and Esav, Trag. hy EIA, Satit, ^to. 16795 

taken out of the ^pb Chap, of the — This Play is wrlten in heroic 

fiffi Booke of Mofes, intituled Gene^ Verfe, the Plot taken from5f«- 

Jts, In the Title Page are The derf% Romance of the famie 

Fortes and Nanm of the Players, Name, and the Scene laid in Sif-^ 

who are to be con/idered to be He- lyman*s Seraglio. 
brevets, andfofiould be apparailed Ibrahim XII. Emperor of tit 

tm'tb Jttlre, Turks. Trag. ^4to. 1 696.-— In the 

JacobitzCbzdvlxty. Vid, TitlePage,heisby fomeMiftake^ 

Plot and no Plot. called^ /^ji^iM XIII.-^This Play 

Jabucs rV. King or Scot* is not replete with much Sablimi* 

XANO. Hiftorical Trag* Anon, ty of Expreflioo, nor advantaged 

1620. The Defign of this Piece by a Harmony of Numbers, yet 

if taken from the Hiftoxy of that the Difhefs oiMorena is truly ,af- 

brave, but cruel King, whO' loft fe^ng, and the ConduA far from 

his life in a Battle with the Eng" 'contemptible.— The Plot is to be 

lijh at Fhdden Hill in the Begin- found in Sir Paul Ricaufs Contx- 

ning of the fixteenA Century $ nuation of the Turkifi HiAory. 
ftpr farther Particulars of which JxalousBrioegb oaM. Fidk 

Set Sufbanan Kod o^cx Scots Hff* Forc'o Marriagx. 
torians, Jx ALDUS HusiAND. FH 

' ]a9x Otitr* ' P^df Laot RambXtImg Ju&ticz. 
Janx Grxy. Jxalovs Husband. Fit^ 

Jane Shoxx. Trag. hy N, Lo6t Lotxr$« ,^ 

Jtowe,-4to» X 7 1 3.— This is a very TheJxALOUs Lot x r s . Com| 

excellent Tragedy, and is conti* by Tbo, Randohb, 4to. 1614. t— 

nually aded with great Succefs. This Play is efteemed the beil oF 

-—The Scene lies In London, and this Author*s Works, is conv 

the Author in the Plot of it has meiided by no lefs than four Qo- 

in great Meafure followed the pies of Englijh and fix of Li^ 

Hiftory of this unhappy Fair One, Verfes, from the moft eminent 

as related in a CoUe£iion of No- Wit9 of both Umverfitles, tnd 

vels in 6 Vol. lamo. which I was revived with very great Suc«« 

have elfewhere alfo quoted. — It is cefs in 1682.— Scene in Thebes, 
faid to be written in Imitation of Jxalovs Pr incx. Ftd, Don 

Sbakefpeari*i Stile; but I muft Garcia of Navarre. 
confels I fbe fo very lihle Refem- Jealous Quxxn. Fid^ Van* 

blance, excepting in a few Ex- t^uiSH^o Lovx. 
preflions abfolutely borrowM and Jxalous Wifx. Com. bv 

thrown into the Pzrt of G/o/ler, Geo, Colmani %wo. l-j^l,— -^\ma 

tbat J' cannot help thinking the Piece madelts l^^taxaanRt ^'t I>V; 


Lsne Thctt. vnth prodigious Sue- Coxettt in a MS. Remark, deeUtct 
ecfs.— The Ground Work of it there two Pieces to be only one 
tl taken from Fitlding^t Hiftory of Play under did^rent Titles. — It 
*lm Jrnif at the Period of ^0- was a6ted with ^eat Applaufc— 
fhia'z taking Refuge at Lady Jtnnymo^^ Contrivance to difco- 
BeUaJhtC% Houfe. — The Cbarac- ver the Caufe of all his Miieriei 
fcrs borrowed from that Work, by a dramatic Reprefentation, hat 
however, only ferve as a Kind of fo near a Rcfemblance to the 3d 
Under Ptot to introduce Mr. and A A of Hamlet, that it may rea- 
Vin,CtikUiy viz. thtJealouifVife ibnably be con^uded the Author 
4ad her Hufband. — It muft be took his Hint from thence. — — 
tMklt6*d.thatthePafnons of the There is alfo another Scene ia 
Lady are here worked up to a this Play, which feems to bebor- 
very great Height, and Mr. Oak- rowed ffom the Tragedy of ^a&- 
tf% Vexation and domeftie Mi- mon and Perfeda.-^Th^it this Piece 
fery in Coiileqaence of her Beha- was at one Time ^eatly in Vogue, 
^our, very ftrongly fupported. -— may be gathered- from the men- 
Vet, perhaps, the Author would tioli made of it, and the Quota* 
ha?e better an^/rered his Purpoik tion of PaiSiges from it, inSnre- 
with refpe^l to the Paflton he in- ral of the Plays of Shakejj^ar, 
tended to expofe the Abfurdity of, Johnfutj &c.*— YfEt fi>me of them 
had he made her appear l<nne- loem to implv, that this E&ima- 
^hat lefs of the Virago, and Mr. tion arofe rather ftom the Capri* 
Valley not fr> much of the Hen- ciou&cfs of puMic Taf.f, than 
frcka Iluftnai, Cnce (he now from the real Mtrit of the Work. 
&^)peai& rather a Lady, who frotp The JtntrsALZM Iktlma* 
a ( onfcioufnetft of her own Power^ c y. Farce, 1749. —This Piece 
n dedrous of fiipporting the Ap- was never adted, ,nor do I know 
•eArance of Jealoufy, to procmt any Thing more of it, than h*t 
ikr an undue Influence over hir 'being jDcationed in the Bntt/h 
MuA>and aAd Fajnily, than one, littire. 

Whd fMing the Reality of thtt jKstriT CavgIit. Vid^Dz- 
^ubulent, yet ftu^a^ing Paflion, B a v c h ii t • 
iecomet equally abfuid in the fttd- The Jew DX(!oT*i>, or thi 
Atnneft of formlAg unji^ Suipi-' Trogrefiif mt Uartot, — A Ballad 
tions, and in that HafUnefs of be- Opera, 8vo. 1713.—— This Piece 
Sag fatisfied, which Love, the only was never performed^ but is on 
inieBafis of Jealoufy, will con- 4he Plan of H4^0f<fib*s celebrated 
J^iBtty occaficn. Prints of the Harhtt Tngrtfu 

WfxNKii(s*sLdv<CouKsx.FM£i The Jkw OF Malta. Trag. 
ITS. \n Cbrif, Maehw^t ^f^ 1633.— 

fxaoiiTMO, OTtiiSl^mfiTra» This Play was neither performed 
fedy, vttb the Warx if Portujral, nor published till inany Years af- 
Aiionym. 410. 1605. — This Play ter the Author's Death, when 
conta'.ns the Life and Death of //f^^woia^uiheredit intotheCour^ 
T>oti Andins, and prefented it at the Cockpit, 

JsRONVMO IS Mad acain, with the Prologpe and Epilogue 
or tlf Spamjh Tragedy, eontainitig annexed to this Edition ot it, at 
tbelafnentableEndofDonHorzxiot which Time it met with very 
M»d Bellimperia, with the fitifut %reat and defervM Applaufe.-*^<- 
ZW/ ff/'Jeronytna, 410. i6o3.«* Scenr Malta. 

IF i 51 

The Jew of Venick. Com. Tho. ffeyfo^od, 4^0. 1623, 103S 

%y Lord Lanfiowne, 4to. 170X.-* -—The fecond Part contains the 

This P]»y is an Alteration of BuiUiing of the Royal Excbangip, 

Shakejf>ear*s Mtrchant ofVenice*-^ and the famous Viftoiy of Qucca 

In fome Rcfpetls with Judgment. Blixahith in the Year 1 5&8. ■ 

• The Introducing the Feaft Thefe Plays were printed without 

morej>articularIy, where the Jew the Author^s Confent 6r Know- 
is placed at a feparate Table, and ledge, and that fo corruptly as not 
drinks to his Money as his only eyen to be divided into A£ls {. ooi 
Miftreisy is a happy Thought \ which the Author, at the Revival 
yet on the whole, his Lordfhip of it at the Cockpit, one and 
has greatlv lelTened both the Beau- twenty Years after its firft Repr^, 
fy and £fFe^ of the Originall, ientation, thought it neceflaiv to* 
which, notwithftanding this mo- wtite a Prologue to it, in which- 
dernized Piece, aided by Magnifi- he particularly inveighs . a- 
ceflce and Muiick, ftiU ftands its gainft, aod^fd^ums the imptrfe^ 
Ground, and will ever continue €^py. 
one of the darling R eprefentations- Ic k on a m u s . A Latin Com«> 

of the Thcatie. — The Prologue by R, RuggUu The Date o£ 

was written by Bevil Jiiggo/ts, in this Piece X cannot be certain of'r 

which the Gbofts of Sbakejpear not having the Book by me, buQ 

znd. Dijden are made to xife to my beft recollection, it was a» 

crowned with Laurel j and in the bout 1623,— It is t very humour'^ 

fecond A£t, is introduced a muil- ous Piece, and a very fevtre Satire- 

cal Mafque written by his Lord- on the ignorant ProfefTors of the- 

fliip, called, Peleus and Thais. Common Law. ■■ It was aCted: 

The Jews Tx^agedy, with many Times before K, Jaiim .U^ 
their Overthrow ty Titus aadVeC' at CamhriJge, 
pafian iMt Son, by J, fy. Hemmiifgs, I G n o t a u.v 9 . Com • by 1?. C*. 
4to. 1062.— This Play was not 4to. 1662. — This is a^ TraniU- . 
printed till fome Years after the tioa of the foregoing Piece, j * 
Author's Death.— *«The Plot is The (wo annexed Letters are ex- 
founded on the Siege and Deilcuc* plained by Ccxettr to iland for Roh^ 
tion of yerufaJem, as related b)ir CoJtiftton- 
yofefhttifinthc 6th Sini 7th Books JitT in all Hvmovrs*. 
of His Wars of ihe Jews. P'iJ. Intevguss of Viit- 

If this BBN*T a good SAliLCXS. 

Play the Devil's iN*T. The Image of Love, This 

Com. by Thc^ Dschr, 4^. with- ' is one. of ffifliop Sale*^ dramatic 

out Date. — The principal Plot of Pieces, mentioned by himfelf4n: 

this Play is built on NUfhiaveTi It^s Cataicig«r» 
2^4rri0ge of Bekhegw^ which is ThelMAXiiKARY CucKpLDw 

to he ibund ia the lele^i Coliec- Clpcp. }^ O^eU, — This is only m 

tion ef IJ'ovels I have be£cMT inen- ^x!kiJ\»i6i^iii^^MidieM'i Cmm inm*} 

tioned*— Tht Jhnat is founded 00 ginaire. From this Piece, Hint^ 

a Quibble, .the Dewi l^ng t have be^n t^en for the plots 0$ 

principal Charader in it.«*-Scene &veral £71^^ Commies, as It 

X^les, V fliall point ^utii^heiever^thtjfoc* 

' If you know kot mie,Y;P|i ^f(ll9y.^^>i(H|IV-. ' .. - 1 
pvow Nobody, or tJbe Trouhlet Impatik^kt pQVllLTY«Vxd%. 

^jg M'leaMf^ in. two Puns, by IiiT»ai.iiDX, 

I M I M 

The iMriKiAL Caytitss. PLays, which had all been a£M 

Trag. by John Moitlfy, Sto. 1710.^ with Applaufe. -— And bftly, 4s 

— >Thi8 Piece has Merit, and was all the faid foor Plays were pub- 

a€^ed with TomeSvcceft in Lin^ Hflied together in one Vol. the 

toln*i-Jnn'FieUi, Year after his Death, there feeAis 

lMrxKfAx.s. Trag* by Sir no apparent Reafon l«i not ad* 

JUffb Frtemtn, Svo. 1640. Lang- mittingthis alfo to a Place among 

Saim gives this play a moft excel- them. 

Jfcnt CharaAery placing it on an ThelMPZtTiHSNT Lovers^ 

c^al Rank with moift of the or tbe Cofmee at^ her fTttU Rnd. 

Tragediea of that Period, and Com. Sto. Anonjrm. 17s 3. 

fpeaks of the Cataftrophe as being The Ixr bktikznts. Com* 

extremely affixing* The Plot is by Ozell, — Tranflation fiom the 

talcen from Bftrr^r T^tffrr, Cm- Faebmx tfMoliere, 

hrt^t hif, admirah. Sec, and the iMFZtTXXfKNTS. Fid, Siri- 

Scene laid in (rMM.— The Author l t N Lori as. 

has prefixed ibiDe Tefttmonies iMPossii&c Dowir. 

from ArifitAle^ Sec, to manifeft the Fid, A m tm T a s . 

Value which the Writers of An- The Impostoks pkncTZDy 

tiquity had for Tragedy. or tbe Flatmr*s Triumpb oner 

The Imperial Ta AC. Anon. . B[rook]e and Hf elliejr. A Fare. 

Fol. 1669.— The grcateil Part of oecafioned by a Cafe lately effend to 

this Play is taken from a Latin tbe H ■ e of Q^ n s, by tbe 

^e.—— The Plot it buih on the faid B— — 'kt and H— -r, 410. 

Hiftory of 2l>w, the twelfth Em- 171^. — ^^The Scene Lon^ andP 

peror fVom Coifantine. —-And the H^^miffier, -^TKii I^ece was evi« 

Scene lies in Confiantinof>le. '■^"-^ deotly never intended for th^ 

Both Langbmint and Jacob have Stage, but was only a Pblidcal 

afcribed this Play to Sn* m'Uiam and Party Affair, which may be 

Kiliigrew, Yet I think there are known by looking into the Pro- 

ibme Reafons to doivbt of its be- ceedings of Parliament ' of that 

ing his. — For in the Title Page, Year. 

k is feid to have been the Work The Imp osrut ts. Tragi* 

«»f ftGenHemaRforlusownDi- Com. bf Ja. Sbtrley, 8vo. 165^ 

verfioo, who ofi the Importunity -^-Sceae Mantma, 

of Friendhiy confented to have it Impostuib nzrsATED, or 

yubliihed, bnt mnthaat bis Name .- a Trick to ebem tbe Devil. Com. 

becaufe many do cenfure Plays accord' Ano Ay m . 4to. 1 698 . »- The Au- 

wg to tbei0 Ofiniom of tbe Antbor,"* ihor hiro£flf (ays, that this Trifle 

Kow the whole of this Paragraph of a Comedy was only a flight 

ftems to imply the Author to be Piece of Scnbblc for the Inmi- 

Uving, whereas Sir ITai. died in d«aion of a little Mufic, being 

the Year iMi^ five Years before bo mofc than a iiort Week*t 

the Publication. —^Btfiiet that Work, to fervc the Wants ofa 

^e latter-Part aAgM a Rsafoa thin jPla y.l w fe and long Vaci- 

fbr concealiag the Avthor's Name, ti«i, — > Scene ^%Bcr.^— At the 

il^ch couM fcaaoely be fiippoffd Bnd is • Mafque, calFd, Eiini- 

•a fobfift vrith Regaid to Sir H^m, arioit, tbe Mian iti the Mem^"'**^ 

gjfiigrew^ ndbo had before the They were perf qimcd at the Th, 

Ntff ffiW SidM, jifdiKtA^wr Uklhrne^Une, 

- - ^ . V y - 1 *. . ^(t 

i - 

J . « 


Of the Impost vjiits or Tiie- tlieMk»ii^«ai..~It is written 

MAS BscKfiT . — ^This is another in Heroyc Verfe, the Pkff Is takca 

Piece on Biihop BaWs Lift. from* the kvenl HifioritQS who 

The iMPitoMrTv op Vn- have written on this Af&iry and 

s A I L L E i, by Ozeff, tranflated met with great Succefs in the He. 

from Moliere^t Comedy of the prefentation. -—The Scene Hes in 

fiitme Name. Mexico^ and two Leagues aboot it« . 

Incestuous MaAxiage* Indian Qvexn. Trag. by 

Vid, AasiMOX. Sir Rob, Howard and Mr. Dty-^ 

. Inchanted Castle. yHJ, den, 410. 2665. — ^This is Hke- 

Mock I'bmpest. wife in Heroic Verfe, and met 

Imc banted Island. Vid^ with great Applaufe.-— It has 

Tx M p s 8 T . fiiice been converted into an Ope- 

' TbelNCirANTSl>LovEas. A ra, in which Form it met with 

dramatic Paftoral, by Sir H^m, an equal Share of Succe£i.«^fne 

lonotr^ about 2656. —• Scene the near Mexico, 

lOand of Eritbrea in Portugal Inpallielb CukK. Vld. 

The Inconstant, or the All fo« the Bettee. 

H^towimbim* Com. by George Infanta op Sp.A2N. Vid, 

Farqukar, 410. 1703.— This is a Heroic Love. 

very lively and entertaining Co- The Inpormees' outwit* 

medy. altho* there are fome In- ted. A Tragicomical Farce, 

cidents in it, which fcarcely come Anonym.— -This Piece was never 

within the Limits of Probability. a€^ed, but was printed in 173S. 

—The main Plot of it is borrow- Inpoetvnatus. Pid, Ba* 

ti from Beaumont and Fletcher x nisbeo Duke. 

jyi/d Goofi Cbace i but the Cataf- Incrat2tuoe op a Com- 

trophe of the laft A6k, where monwealth, or the Fa/i of 

' young Mitahle is in Danger of his Caius Martius Coriolanus. Trag. 

Life at a Courtezan's Houfe, and by N, Tate^ 4to. 2682. — This 

is delivered by the Carefulneft of Play is founded on Shak'^arii 

'~ his Miftrefs Oriana diiguifed as Coriolanuz^ but does not come near 

his Page, owes its Origin, it is it in Point of Mfrit.— Scene the 

iaid, to an Affair of the like Na- Cities of Kme and CorioR, 

ture, which the Author had him- Injured Innocence. Trag. 

felf fome Concern in, when on by Wm, BiVarty 8vo. 1729. a^^- 

niiitatyDuty abroad.— The Scene ed at the Th. Roy. in Dr^taHe^ 

lies in Fariu with fome Succefs. 

The Independent Pate2- Inj^e'd Love, or tbt trud 

oT, or Mufiedl FoUy, Com. by Htt/band, Trag. by N, ^ate, 4to. 

Fran. Lynch, 8?o. *733» '707« — This Tragedy was pre- 

In^depenoentVCon8P2EA- par'd for the Stage, and defignM 
CT. J^. LevzllxeS lx- to have been adted at the Theat. 

VELLED. Roy. but by fome Means or other 

lNDEPENDEifT*t ViCTOET. St was DC vcf performed. 
Vld» Scots P0L2TXC Peesbt- , Injured Love, or the LadjU 

TEE. SatiifaffioH. Anonym. 410. 1706* 
Ind 2 AN Em p XEot , om^ &«- a£ted a< the Theatre in Uneoin^t* 
kuifi 9fMtxic» kf^ Sfaniards, Jftn-Fieldk, 
Tragi-Com. by J. Drjdtn, 4f» The lnjuft'o Lovsxs, or th4 
m66S,^TIus Fh/ii aSe^Qci to jMitim FMbcr. 'Vivi. V|W, 




MouHtfort, 4to. 1 688.— This I K n o c i k c t d x s m Bs s*9r 

Play met with but indiflTerenC Trag. by Mr. Gould, 8vo. 17 37' 

Succefs, and indeed feems not to —This Play was never a&ed, nor' 

have xxlerlted better.— L/2»jf^tf/n* do I know the Plot of it, it hav* 

charges the Author with having, ing never fallen in my Way. 
irjtc Sir Courtly Nice, written for In N c E N c E 2 li Dx s t « e s.s, 

his Diverfion, but without re- Vid, Paxkicxoe. 
garding'Wit. Innocent ADULTEAY.I^i/^ 

The Injur*o Princess, or Fatal Makmiage.^ 
the Fatal ff^agcr, Tragi-Com. by Innocent Impostob* Fid^ 

T. D'urfy, 4to. 1682. ^The Rape. 

Foundation and fome Part of the The Tnkoce'ht MisTXESir 

Language of this Play is taken Com. by Mrs,A£P/>^4to. x6^7» 

from Shahffeare^s Cymbcline, and —This Play was sifted at th« 

fhe Scene lies at Ludt Tvwn, alias Theatre in Little Lincoln s- In fi' 

London,^— 'The Author has alfo Fields, and in the Summer Sea* 

made Ufe of the Epilogue to the fon, yet met with very good Suc- 

Focl turned Crifick (a Play of his cefs*— It is not however original, 

dwn) by Way of Prologue to this feveral Incidents in it being borr 

Pi<ice»— Its running Title is, The rowed from other Play's, particu- 

Vnequal Aiatcbf ox The Fatal \zx\yftomSit Geo. Kfberedge*s Matt 

fTager, of Modti — ' Scene Londop,-^ Pco- 

Injur'd Vxrtve, or the jogue and Epilogue by Kir. Mot^ 

Virgin Martyr, A Phy> by teux, 

henj.GriJin, I2mo. 17Ij^' R^«d InnOGENT MuXDEEElr 

at i/f/>«W by the D, of South- Vid, Love th-e Cause ami>* 

amptott and Ch'vland'z Servants.— Cure of Grief. 
The Scene Gir/iir/Vi. — Tilis Piece Innocent Theft. Vid, 

K nothing mo>e than an Altera* Tim on in Love. 
tion of an old Pby of the fame The Innocent UsvErER,. 

Kame, WTltten by Mqffmger and or the Death of the tad^ Jan» 

pecker* Grat, Trag. by J.Banks, 4X0, 

The Imner Temple 1694. — This Play was prohibited) 

Masc^ve, or Majfue of fleroes^ the Stage on Account of ibme 

by T/>0. Middleton, 4to. 1 64&.-— miftaken Cenfures and groundlef» 

This was prefcnted as an Ent^r- Infinuationa that it refle^ed oa> 

taiiiment for many worthy La- the Government. — The Author 

dies, by the Gentlemen of that in his Dedication however ba» 

ancient Houfe, twenty Years he- vindicated himfelf from that 

fore it appeared in Print. — Mrs. Charge, by fetting forth that it 

Behn has horrow'd very cOAilde- was written ten Years before,, fa 

rably from it in her City Jleirefs, that it could not poiiibl^ havr 

Innocence Betrayed, or been meant to caft s^ Refle^oa 

the Royal Im^flor, by Meflf. ZPa- on the prefent Government.*— It 

ruel Bellamy, fen. & jun. 8v6. is far Troni being the worft of hi* 

^746.— i—This Piece was never dramatic ^Writings, and altho* in« 

Sifted, but is one of fix dramatic Pointof Language aad Beauty of 

iPiecei written in Concert by thefe Poetry it falls ftort of Mr. Bowii^ 

two Centiemen, Father and Son, Tragedy on ^e fame Sto^, y^ 

ktid puiJiAed hv Uitm in a Vo- xV «K>^tii\& \x mxVi ^cS^^Vi^^ 

lutne together mth fome Mifcd« "Pothoi^ and a ^fcxvt^ k^wattv^ 
iuu€s la TMc and Vcrfe^ ^ttftowwl ^i&<— -1^ ^^'^^ 


built on the Sofierings of tb«t ed at the Theatres in Lnttk»% 
fair unfortunate Vl£tiin to the yet, if 1 am not miftaken, it was 
Ambition of her Relations, and aded at Batby an4 wil^ %OQ^ 
t le Scene lies m the Tower . Succefs. 

The Inqjuisxtion. Farte, The Institutiow or" THt 
by y. Philips, 8vo. 1717. Ordse of the GARTKa.— 

This Piece was fiever perform M> Dramatic Poem, by GiB, Wtft 
but 18 fupposM to be zStxH at 410. 1742. — ^This Piece was n^g^ 
Cb/ZtTs CoflFee-hottfe, and the vcr intended for the Stage, yet it 
Kingi'Amii Tavern in St. PauVz truly dramatic, and has many 
Church- Yard.— The Subjeft of very fine Things ih it.— It is re- 
it is the Controverfy between the publiihed in Dtdfieft ColledioA 
Bp. of Bafigor and Dr. ^nafe^ of Poems in fix Yon* iimo. 
which Controverfy is here find to An iMTxaLUOC bxtwckic 
be fairly ftated and fet in a tiuc Jvpitvi, Juno and Mzk- 
Light. I never (aw. the Piece, cu«y, by H. Fielding, 1744.-^ 
but find it thus xnentioned by This Piece was never performed, 
Coxeter. nor indeed intended to be fo by 

The InsaTiatx C ovNr itfelf, it being only, a Bcg'nning 
TKSS. . Trag. by y, Mgrfiuim or Introdu^on to a projeAed 
Ato. i6o3.-^As it was a common Comedy, entitled Jmpit» ufo» 
Cuftom with this Aflthor to dif- Earth* 

goife his Story, and perfonate ■, A newe Intzbxuo.z or Im- 
realPerfonages under feign'dCha- pacvxmtx PbviaTi, nevlyt 
rasters , Langhum . conjeftur^ Jmfrinud, M.y. L. X. (1 foppolb 
that by IjabtUay the infatiable x 560. ) 4to.— This Piece is in 
Countels of Suevia, is meant Metre, and in the old Black l«t- 
yoane the firft Queen of Jerufa^-' ter, and the Xatle Page fays, 

Im, NafJes and Sicily, Hor. is ** Foure Men nun well andeafslye 

this Writer the. only One who ^/^ tbii InterhiJeJ** 

has made Ufe of her Story under An lNTXaiv»x or WxLT* 

a falfe Title, her Tale being re- awd HftTn, full of Sport and 

lated in Banddlo't Novels, and by tnery Pafipne* — Printed 8vo. \ik 

Belief or^y Tom. ft. Nov. 20. un- an old ilack Letter, without 

der the Chancer of the Counteft Date.— The Perfona of the Play 

of Celam^ as alfo in C^s Re- are in the Title Pace, viz. JVelth, 

venge againft Adultery, Epift. 5. Jdekh^ Liberty^ IlmyBy Shroud" 

by the Title of j§me Dutchefe of Wr, Banee^ Remmh. In whieh 

X/lme. alio we are told ttait Fdiur naaf 

The Iks 1 gkipicants Com. eafily perform this Thj^^^Thit I 

Anonym. 8vo. 1758.— Of this have entifcly from GBor«rr*t Notes. 

I know no more than the Titlei The Ihtxri-vox or 

fmt imagine it to beitfelf what Vopthx. 4to. 1565.— This is 

its Name expredes, having never an <Ad, ferious, momandinftruc* 

Been a£led, not I believe attempt- tive Piece, it is written in Verfe, 

ed to be brought on the Stage. and printed in the Black Letter. 

The Insolvzkt, or Filial iNTaiQux a-xa-modx. f^A 
Piety, Trag. by Aaron Hill, Differxnt Widows. 
8vo. i758«— This Piece was not The Intrigves at Ve«- 
onbliiied tiU after the Autfaor*s t aillzs, ot a ^ilt t» aU ¥li»- 
..b^ath, svrwMtt ever ^ftfann' fpeurf* Com. h% 1. ftwrj^ *?*^» 

IN J0\ 

i<4P7«"^This Play did not Meet lfl*s> otAttornefiCierh, T^ict/ 

witli as muckvSuccefi as the Au- 1737.— This is merely a Bur- 

t|)or ejrppAed. from it^ and in fait Id^ue, and ahho' anonymous. 

l^owever, like the moft of his FMt, — %ctnt Covent Garden, 
Fiece$« a CoQiplication of Plagi- Intkiguing Sqjuxxs. yid* 
iries. — Tormxre'i difgiiifing him- Hasty Wid ding. 
i«lf in Women's Cloaths, an4 The Intricuikg Wii>ow, 
hi? Miftreft's HoAand, (Count or HM»^»7/ir.^^-»Of this Piece, 
$rifac) falling in Love with him ^icH I fappoTe to be either a 
in that Habit, is borrowed ffom C^edy or Farce, I know no^ 
» Novel caird i\i\Dmihk CutMdj ^ing more than the Title, which 
a^^d the Character of Vandofin ap*- I ^^ without either Date, Au" 
>pears to be a Mixtute of Hy>- thor*$ Name, or Reference, in the 
cff*rUy*s Oii'via in the Plain Vea^ Index to Ml^/Via^V Catalogua. 
Ur, and lAxt, Bebu^t Mtrtilla in Intadzk or HisCovNTir. 
thp j^morwts Jik ^ y T ^e Scene ^^> CokiotAMVs. 
VtrJailUu The Invasion. Tatcc, Svd, 

The iMTKksuijio GhAm- 1759. ■■ ^'^^as Piece was neve^ 
a:lKMAii>. ' A Ballad Faice, by tlOtt^, Aor intended for the Stage, 
H,Fieldhg^ 8vo. X7J5.—— -This i>ut is oaly a Ridicule on the ua* 
PieOi is borrowed almoft entirely neceflkry Apprehenfions fome Per* 
Irom the Dijftpatm^, It was ^ons entertained on Account of 
afted at Dn^ Lam with good the threaCned Invafion of the 
Succefs, and.ftill continues on the ^t-bottomed Boats from Fratm 
Lift of adiog Farces. on the Coaft of England in that 

The IvTJiieviNo Covpi- Year. 
TitRS, or r^« Midi A Galknti* Intasiok Or KAPtKS, ^Ff 
(Pm»» Aoonya. • ivo. 1732, Chabxes VUI. . 

:wbereiiy, fays': tl^e Tftle Page, Iitvisiblz Mi strips. Vi<^ 
<he fejcrtt Hiftories 6f ferfcral Wmangli^o'Lovsas.' 
£trfoi»s are faithfully repre^nte^. iNvisitots SMiE^Xt Vii* 
•— tn wfakhis introducdd an ln> Wits, 

tertode, (after the Manner of a Jo cast A. Trag. 4to. 1566. 

Rehejo-fal^ called thr Max x r- —This is a Tranflation from £«- 

AGY PxoMifSy or the DifaP- ripidAy by On, Gaftoigne and 

ffiinttdmrgim ; coafillbig of Yi- Fronds KinwelUnar/ke, — — The 

:i-iety of ofw Songs, fet to feveral Scene lies at TbfUs. 

Engejk, Jrijb and ScMeb BaUxd John King or Englan^ 

7unet and Couotiy Dances.-^-^ ^^. King John. 

Such is the Title of this Piece to Josnnx the Evakcs- 

it ftands on the Lift of Pablica- *x. t s t x. An Interlude, ^t^* 

tioiis of the Year I73t.->*lt was 1566. Anonym. 

never performed xny where; b6t St. John the BAPXist^ 

.ty the Title icemr to have been An Interlude, b;^ Bithop' Bak^ 

occafioned by (ome Pieces of Gal- 4to. 1 538. — This was the ft- 

Wntry in the amorous Hiftory of cond dramatic Piece printed In 

iAc Sfigm Court at that Time. England •, Vt w \Ti, W Ii 



'Htk Is as foUow8.-^>f Irefe Co- met with as a Kind <i/ Refle^ioa 
mtdie or Interlude of Johan Bap- on the public Tadc. 
tyfte'f preachy ftg in the Wyluemejfe^ Jovial Philosofmer. Vid* 
•ptnynge the craftye AJfaultts of the Ar i s T i p p « s. 
IfyfoeryUsj'tvyehtbeglorywfeBap' A Journey to BaisTOLr 
tyjme of the Lord Jefas Chrifle. Farrc^ hy John Hrjfftflcy, 1729.— 

Joseph, f^id, Sothompo- This is But an indifferent Piece^ . 
MX AS. and feems more calculated for the 

Jo8XPH*6 Applictions.— Latitude of Brifioi^ to vhich 
By this Title is an Interlude men- Place the Author us*d annually 
tlQned bf hanghdine^ who con- to go at the Head of a Company 
fefles, however, he never faw it, of Comidians, than to that of, 
and therefore pretends not to give London. It was performed at 
any Date to it. Jacob, CiUon, Lincoln* t-Jnn -Fields Theatre, but 
JVhincp and other Catalogues have with very little Succefs. 
followed his Example, and taken Journey to London. Vid^ 
the Name for granted, but the Provoked Husband. 
^i7>^ Tl^riZ/re has it as follows, ' Iphigxnxa. Trag* by ^, 
via. Jojephe bysAffeBimeSt l^dj, Dennis, 410. 1700.— — This was 
Jovial Ckxw, or the Droil hton%ht on zt Litifolns-Jnn-Fields, 
turned Ranter, An Interlude full but was damn^^d. -— The Scene is 
of pleafaunte Mvtthe. Anonym, a wild Country on the Top oi a 
4Jto. 1 598.— This is a Charader Mountain before the Temple of 
of the Roaring Ranters of thofe Diana Taurica,--^^Thc Epilogue 
Times reprefented in a Comedy, by Col, Codrington, 

The Jovial Crew, or the' Iphxgxnia in Avlis. Ital. 
fi/brry Boggart, Com, by Rich, Opera, by ^Paolo Rolli, tompos'd 
Browuy 4to. 1641. — This t*lay by Nicolo Porpora, for the Britijb 
met with great Succefs at its Arlb Nobility, 8vo. 1735.— The ^ccne 
Appearance, and was frequently in and near Aulis, 
sevived and performed with the Iphigxnia in Aulis. V$d* 
fame Applaufe j it was afterwards Ac h i l l x s. 
altered into a Ballad Opera, hy Irxne, ot the Fair Greek, Tr* 
the Addition of feveral Songs by hjCha, Goring, ^0, 1708. — This 
Mr. Roome, and brought on the Pfay is founded on the celebrated 
Stage with its former Title at /)r« Story of tht Sultan Mahomet^ who 
Lane Theatre in the Year 1732, being reproved by his Crandees^ 
in which Fosan it was two Years for giving too in^JHlgont a Loofe . 
paftreviv*dat'C<9v.Gtfr<^, where to his Pallion for a beautiful 
* It toolc a very fuccefsfol Run for Greek nam^d ^ene, who was his , 
federal Nights together, and af- favorite Miftrefs, to the Negle£t .' 
terwaidt brought maay crowded of his State Afiairs 9iid the Pre- . 
Houfes as well in that at the judice of his Empire, took off 
fucceediogSeifon.-^It it certain her Head with hit own Hand in < 
that it is fa^ from an nnentcr- Jriieir Pn^fenceat an Atonement 
tainSng Piece, cfpecially to thofo of his Fault. — ^The Author ^. .^ 
wlio are fond of the miifical claret it to be ^ly;the f ro4u^ 
vPrtma ; yet it it miivW with of a few (eifiire Hours durupg,!;^ , 
fo many Abfurditjft and Indeli- . R^<tenfce at i)ie Viitti»%.-r«-^^ 
cinati, that I omnctiielDlookiAC Tbc Scm \ici i^^Vmi^'^^^M 


C^JUntfm^le, about threr Years theKuig^s Senrants.— At vibat 

after the Coaqueft* Time, however^ I cannot ptetea^ 

Irene. Trag. hy Stm.yohit' to fay, but it is printed ano^( 
jin, 8vo. 1749.— —This is the his other Works, 
only dramatic Piece among all The Iron Age. AnHiAory, 
the Writings of tlus celebrated in two Parts, by 72>o. He/tood, 
Author.— -~It is founded on the 410.1632. — ^The firft. Part con- 
fame Story with the foregoing ; tains the Rape of HeUn, the Siege 
the Author, hoWever, has taken of Troy, the Combat between 
feme trifling Liberties with the Heffor and j^ax ; the Deaths of 
Hiftory, Irene being here made to Troilus and UeSor, the Death of 
be ftrangled by Order of the Em- Aebilla $ the Contention of AjoM 
peror, inftead of dying by his own - and ifliffih the Death of J^ax^ 
Hand. The Unities of Time, &c.— -^The fecond includes the 
Place and A£lion are mod rigidly Deaths i^ Pentbefileaf Paris, Friam 
kept up, the whole coming with- and Hecuba, the Burning of Trvff 
in the Time of Performance, and and the Deaths of Agamemfum, 
the Scene, which is a Garden of Menetautf Clytemnefiraf HeJen, 0^ 
the Seraglio, remaining unmov'd refies, JEgifibvs, Pyladet, K, Dio^ 
thro* the whole Play.— -The meJ, Pyrrhta, Cethus, Sytion and 
Language of it is like all tHe reft Therfites, — The Plots and much • 
of Mr. yebnfcns Writings, ner- of the Language of both thefe' 
vous, fentimental and poetical.-* Plavs are borrowed from the claf'«- 
Yet, notwithftandlng all thefe ileal Writers, and the whole is a 
Perfections, aflifted by the united Compag^ of Incidents and Nar-. 
Powers of ading of Mr. Garrick, ratives thrown together without 
Mr. Bgrrf, Mrs. Pritctard, and the leaft Regard to. any dramatic 
Mrs. Ciiier all together in one Rules.— Yet they met with very 
Play, it did not meet with the great Succefs, having been, as 
' Siiccefs it merited, and might the Author himfelf tells us, often 
thenfore juftly have expe£led. publickly a^ed by two Compa<- 

Irish Expedition. FiJ, nies upon one Stage at once, and 

RoYAt Voyage. at fundry Times thronged three 

ia I s R HosY I t'A L I T Y , or feveral Theatres with numexotti 

Fir me rewarded^ Com. by Cba, and mighty Auditories. 
SbadtveM, ximo. 1720. — ^Thisis Isabella. Fid, Fatal 

one of five Plays by this A uthor. Ma b r i a g s . 
which were written for the Lati- The Island or Slav<s. 

lode of 001^ Sifter Ifland, and Com. oftwoA£l$, 17 61.— This 

weie sdl performed in Dublin with is liule more than a Uterml Tranf* 

great Applaufe.— The Scene of lation o£ xht Jjfe dee EJclenm td 

this lies at Mount Wortby in Tin- M, Afariyaux,^^lk has not made 

£afl, and I ih«tild apprehend cpn- its Appearance .in Print, yet I 

ireys a iccret Coni^^ment to f6me think has at kaft «• ffMch M^ 

Fdribn of Diflifi£tion in that Part rit as many of 4M Petitet Piaet : 

•f i^rAimf.— vThe Time ei^t which moe ^ ^n^ ntly^pcrfom- ; 
Hoots. " ' ' e4 00 t)ie StagCi^t was aaed 

The IrHIi MASQjUJt at ^ fdjr one Night oi)iy for the Bene- . 

Cev»T. By Bert, ydifin, ToL fit of Mti, pive, and was the 

jdl^.^71£rPS(te irfi d'fohav^ ' C^ccaiion of an Epifto^ry Difpiits 
M» P^fiUm^ i^ *CiB^€lft«i^^ ^^ti^^>W»^ V»^ «B^ Mit^* > 


ISbateir, whofe Bene/it happened horrid ; but the Piece itifelf has 
to fall on the fame Night. but little Merit more than that of 

The Island Phinckss. exciting the PaiHons of Horror and 
Tra^-Oom^ by Beaumont and Terror. — The Scene lies at iitf- 
Fietcber, Fol. 1679. — This Play diafio in Italy, Befides the Prp-^ 
met wkh Approbation^ and was logue, there is prefixed to this 
afcerward9 revived with- Altcfa- Play what the Author calls a Prae- 
tfon» 1^ M^, Tate, a£ted at the lude, being a Dialogue between 
Theatre Reyal'wt^ the additional the Poet, a Cntic, and a Friend 
Title of the Generous Pbrtuguefe, of the Poet*s.— -The Epilogue 
. and prthted'in-4to. 1687,— -The written by yo» Haiftes, 
Scene in- /m/rV. It cannot bje. yTd, Sir 

T-hc' IsLA^iD Qw-EiNS, or CouRTL-y Nice. 
tbi Death of MsLTj ^een of Scat' Jtjdas MacCtabaus. An 
land. Trag. hf y. Banks, 4X0. Oratorio, 4to. 1 747,— Performed 
iM44—Thiff Piece was prohibit- at the Th. Roy, in Cov, Gardeh» 
ed the Stage, for which Reafdn — Mufic by Handel, 
the Author thought proper to The Judgment of Paris. * 
publiili* it, both in E)efence of A Mafque, by TV. Congreve, 4to. 
himfelf and it. T he Story is 1700. — This is a very pretty Piece 
founded on the^ro/ri& and En^- of Poetry, and is now very fre- 
/^ Hiftories, to which the Au- quently performed to Mufic, by 
thor has-clofdy and impartially Waiy of zn Oratorio, 
adhered, and well preferved that The Judgment of Paris, 
P ower of afie£Hng the Pailions A dramatic Pantomime, by John 
which appears thro' all his Works, fVea'ver, i-j^2. 
and ample A- Juliana Princefs of Poland, 
mends for the Want of Poetry Tragi Cora, hy John Crown, 4to. 
and Language. — It is reprinted 1671. — This is the. firft and in- 
without Date, with the Title of deed the moft indifferent of all 
the Albion Quefns, or the Mr. Cro-ryn^s Pieces. — The Story 
Death, &c.— To this Edition are is founded on Hiftory, aod the 
' the Names added of Hllki, Booth, Scene laid at JVarfaiv in Poland, 
Oldfild, Porter, &c. in the Dra- at the Meeting of the Ban and 
math Perfona, From which it Areer Ban, arm'd in the Field,, 
(hould fecm that it was afterwards for the Election of a King. 
allowed the Liberty of being per- Juliu^ CiESAR. Trag. by 
formed. A^ex. "Z. oi Sterling, Fol. 1629, 

The Is LI OF GuLXS. Com, — This is much the moft regular 
b> y, Daye, 4to. 1606.— This is dramatic Piece of this noble Au- 
a very good Play, and met with thor, at lead in Refpedt to the 
great Succefs. — The Plot is taken Unity of A£lion, yet he has run 
from Sir Pb, Sidney^s Arcadia, into the very fame Fault which 

I T A LiAN Con s piracy. Vid, Shakejpeare h ad done before him. 
Patriot, vix, the not clofmg the Piece 

The Italian Husband, with the moft natural and affedl- 
Trag. by Edw, Banjenjcroft, 4to. ing Cataftrophe, 'vix, the. Death 
1698. — The Story of this Play is of Ca:far,'^Sbakefp€are, however, 
barbarous and bloody, and the. has made a noble Ufe of his Con- 
Vilbiny carried on in it to bring fpirators, andhasdxa.vjnx\v^C\^^- 
9hiHit ibc CataHrophg deep and racers of Antony^ Brutui :^w^ 

L CaiJiu* 


CaJIiui In a Manner that ^ve De- Books of Cafar*s Commentary, 

light eren in Defpight of the the 13th Book ef Dion Cajjfm, 

Kon-Neceffity of continuing the and Flutarcb*% Lives of Cafar and 

Story : But this Author has ren- P«m^.-- -The Scene in Egypt, 

der^d them fo cold and languid, Jvpitei on Earth. Vti, 

that the Reader is apt to wiih he Inteilvdb of Ju-riTii» 

had facrificed them all at once to Jono and Mikcvk y. 

the Manes of the murdered Em- The Jurok. Farce, of one 

peror. His Style is fentcntious, A£^ by fV, B. Sto, lyiy.— — • 

yet neither pure nor corre£^y for Never a^led. 

which however his Lordihip pleads The Just GiXfXRAL* Trag. 

his Country.— Scene Rome, by Cofmo Manuebty 410. 1650.* 

Julius Casar. Trag. by This Piece was intended for the 

H\ Sbaktfpuri^ FoL 1 62 3.— The Stage, but never aded. Yet, 

Story of this Tragedy is from altho' it wasa firft Attempt of 

Hiftory.^— -What may be confi- the Author's, it is vaty far from 

der*d as faulty in it I have hinted contemptible, 

at in my Mention of the laft- The Just Italiak. Tragi- 

nam'd Play, but the Beauties of Com. by Sir H^, Datmatit, 4S0. 

it are innumerable and inimita- 1630.— -Scene Florence, 

hie.— The Speeches of ^rttfta and Justice ct^ucht ik hii 

jintbofy over Cafar'% Body are own Trap. Fid, CorrBB* 

perhaps the fineft Pieces of Ora- house Politician. 
tory in the RngUJb Language, the 

6rft appearing Unanfwerable till .,^^,^.m^....^,^,.^,mmmm^mmmmm.mmmm^^mm 

the fecund comes to overthrow its 

ILfitCt ; nor can there be a finer «^ 

Scene of Refentmcnt and Recon- *^» ^ 

cihation between two Friends, 

than that of Brutut and Caffiut in I^^Ensikcton Gar»en«. 

the 4th Aft. ^The Duke of J|\^ Com. hfJobnLeigb, 8to. 

Buckingham however, aware of 17302 — ^This was afted at Un- 

the Vaults I took Notice of in cobCt- Inn-Fields Playhonfe with 

Regard to the Catafhrophe, has fome Succefs. 

divided the two Revolutions in Kind Impostor. yid,%Kt 

this Piece, and formed out of wov^o and she wou*d not. 

them two very admirable Plays. Kind Keeper. Fid, Liii» 

The one called Julius Casar, bermam. 

cheother/^tfDsATH or Marcus King and No King. Tr.» 

Brutus, under the Account of Com. by Beaumont zn^ Fktcbert 

which the Reader will find the 4to. 16 19 —This Play was very 

Reafon why neither of them came roughly handled by Rymer, but as 

on the Stage. " he dealt no lefs feverely with the 

JULIUS Casar, Trag. by Works of the Immortal ^AtfAe/'- 

y, Sheffield, D. of BMckingham."^ pf^re, his Cenfores ought to have 

Fid, the preceding Article. but little Influence over our Opt- 

Julius Casar in Egypt, nioos, and this Piece amongil o« 

An lulian Opera, 8vo. 1724.-— thcrs ibnds up in Evidence agaisA 

Performed at the K.*s Theatre his Judgment, it having always 

10 the Haymarket. — ^The Fafts are met with Succefs whenever aded 

ukca from the third and fourth on nnvi'd.— ^oii iiatvk^c Accoimt 

K I 

•f it fee a Critlcifm on it by 
DryieMy in the Preface to bis 
Irtilus and Cr^pJa Scene for 

the moft Part of the Play in 
Sheria, . 

The King and the Mil- 
LBR or Mansfixlj). t Farce, 
hy R, DMifley, 8vo. 1736.— The 
Plot of this little Piece is built 
on a traditional Story in the Reign 
of our K. iiiwry II. — The Au- 
du)r, however, has made a very 
pleating Ufe of it, and ^^ r jught it 
out into a truly dramat.c Con* 
dufion.— -The Dialogue is n^tU- 
fal, yet elegant ; the Satire poig- 
nant y yet genteel ; the fenti- 
mental Parts fuch as do Hononr 
both to the Head and Heart of 
^ Author, and the Cataftrophe 
tbo* £mple, yet affe£ting, and 
pe«fe€tly juA. — ^The Scene lies in 
and near the Miller's Houfe in 
Sbenmood Foreft, near Nottirg^ 

I King Arthvi, or the Bri- 
Hft Pyortby, A dramatic Opera, 
hf y, Dry4ie»f 4to, 1691.^-iThis 
Play is a Kind of Sequel to the 
tA&i(M and Manius of the fame 
Author, an4 feems to havo been 
written rather for the Sake of the 
Singing and Machinery, than 
with any View to the more in- 
trinfic Beauties of the Drama ; 
the Incidents being all extrava- 
gant, many of them very puerile, 
and icarcely any of Dryden'% Ge- 
nius appearing thro* the Whole. 
—The whole Affiuf of the En* 
f banted fFoody and the other Won- 
ders of OfmotuTi Art are borrowed 
from Taffo, who has made his 
Rinaldo perform every Thing that 
Arthur does in this Play. — The 
fabulous Hiftory of this Prince 
Is to be met with in Gecffrty of 
Menmouth, as alfo in the firft Vol. 
of TyrreFa Hiftory of England.^ 
The Scene hcs in Kern, 

KiMG CHAkiii I, Trag. 

K I 

by H^, Havard, 8¥0. 173 7* — 
This Piece was performed at the 
Theatre in Lincoln s - Inn-FU/ds, 
with very good Succefs $ and in- 
deed there are fome Parts of it 
which feem to approach nearer to 
the Style of Shakefptarty than 
any of the Attempts that havt' 
been made to imitate him. 
Some of the Characters are well 
drawn, and the Cataftropht pa* 
thetir and affecting. 

King Charles I* Vid* 
Royal Martyr. 

Kingdom of Birds, Vid. 
Wonders in the Sun. 

King Edgar and Alfrx* 
DA. Vid, Edgar and Al« 


King Jamxs I. Vid* Rx« 


Kino John, the Troui/efime 
Reign of, by ff^, Sbakefpearc, 410, 
1591 r — This Play was originally 
written in two Parts, but was af* 
terwards altered and thrown into 
one Piece by the Author.— The 
Plot is from the Ei^lifi Hiftori- 
aos, and > the Scene lies fome- 
times in England, and fometimet 
in France, 

King John and Matil* 
DA. Trag. by Rob, Davenport, 
4to. 1655.— This Play was a^ed 
with great Applaufe, and was 
publiihed by one Andrew Penny" 
euicke, who himfelf a£ted the Part 
of Matilda, no Women having at 
that Time ever appear d on the ~ 
Stage. — The Plot is taken from 
fome Circumftances in the famo 
Reign with the foregoing PUy> 
and the Scene laid in England. 
' King Lear. "jTrag. by W. 
Sbakejpeare, 4to. 1 60S; — Part of 
the Plot of this admirable Play 
is founded on the Englifo antient 
Hiftory \ but the whole Story may 
be founci^ in Robert of Gloucefiir'% 
Chronicle (a Book V>{ \\v^H1ji>) 
not pttbl\mc4 \iU \ofi% ^^^«^ 
1* % SbokejJi^Tfc* 

K J K I' 

Shakifjf>gare*i Time) by Heartity Tvwer*^'\t was afted at tHe Th*. 
from p, 29* to p. 37.— -Scene lies in LinultC s-Inn'FitUds, with Sue- 
in Britain, moftly in Kent, cefs, and is dedicated to the' £. 
King Lear. Trag, by N, of Orrery, who, on that Occa- 
*tate, 4to. 1687.— This is only fion, made Mr. Tbfobald a Pre- 
an Alteration of Sbakefpeare' t fent of a^ Bank Note of an hun- 
J^car, — Mr. T^?'^ has omitted en- dred Pounds* inclofed in >an. 
tirely the Character of the Pool^ Egyptian Pebble SnufF^Box of .a«^ 
but has interwoven with the main bout twenty Poudds Value. 
BuGnefs of. the Play an imder King Rigjiasd III. Trag.. 
Plot of the Loves of E^ar and by ff^, Sbakefpeare, 4to. i597,-« 
CordeIia,-'lie has alfo alter*d the The original Title of this Play 
Catailrophe of the Play. by mak- was The true Tragedie of Richard 
ing Lear and Cordelia furvive with Duke of Yorke, and the Death of 
a fair Profpedl of becoming very good King Hearie the fixt\ with: 
happy. Yet, whatever by this the whole Contention betiveen the 
Means he may gain with Refpe£l two Houjes Laacafter and Yocke. 
to poetical JuOice, he certainly -^This Play originally took ih- 
lofes as to Pathos $ nor can I a very long Series of Events be- 
think this Piece, as iris now al- longing to the Reign of Rich, IIL ^ 
ter*d, is on the whole equal to l)ut wa9 very difierent from the < 
what it was in the orig'nal Form ; Form in which it now makes itt 
yet, as it is in fome Meafure ren- Appearance on the Stage..«>Tfait 
der*d.more fuitable to the prefent Focm it received from the Handa 
theatrical Tafte, by this Atten- of Mr. CoUey Ghher, who from 4to 
tion, it now ftaods forwards, and thorough KnowledgeoftheWoiks 
is.the Pi^e conftantly a£ted in- of this great Writer has rather 
ibad of the Original. made him amend himfel^ than 
King Rig HARD IL the Life attempted any prefumptwws Al- 
gnd Daath of Trag» by n^, teration of him. fa 
Sbakefpeare, 410. L598 —This ihort,. by fele£^ing. dtflferent Paf- 
Play is very feldom if ever a6:ed, iages {rom.z\xAo&A\iSbdkefpeare*9 
yet Dryden has highly commend- hiftorical Plays, and judicioofly 
ed his Grounds of Criticifm putting them into the Mouths oi 
in Tragedy. J and Mr. Tate, who, the Speakers in this, at thefiuiie 
notwithftandiog, took on him- Time lopping tiff all fuperfluotu 
^f to make Alterations injt, fays and uaneceiTary Incidents, he 
that it has- fome Mailec Touches has conveyed the QuinteiTence of 
in it that may vie with the heft them all into one fmall VeficI,, 
Roman Portly,— The Scene in Eng- prefervtng the pureft and moft rni- 
land. adulterated Flowers of the origtnid 

King Richard II. Vid^ Author. 
Sicilian Usurper. King Richard HI. Vid, 

King Richard II. Trag. English Primckss; 
-by X. I'heobald, 8vOk 1720. King Solomon's Wndom* 

This is only an Alteration from Vid, Sport upon Sport. 
.&h^fpeare, in which however The King and Qve«ns 
vlhc Writer has taken fome con- Entertainmsnt atRich- 
fiderable Xiberties as well with -mond, after their Departure from 
the Fa&s of HiAoiy as with hn Oxford \ tn a lli^i1i^'^p'efented hy 
original, AuXliQr* ••— S*«a?. Uap Jb« i^ojl ill»^Mm». Frinc*, l^w^^ct 

K N K N 

Charles [afteroHtrii AT.Charles II.} Coontryman ofthe Piece of GoM» 
^/. 1 2th. 1636. 4to. — ^TheOc- in the Acceunt of the hard Froft 
caiSoo of this Mafque was the of 1684. in 8to. p. 41* But, 
Queen*s/ Defire of feeing the contrary to the ufoal Cuftom, 
Prince dance^ who was then not thefe Writers have ftole a thefe In- 
much aboTC fix Years old.— The cidents from the Play, initead of 
Dances were composM by Simon, the Play being founded on theix 
and the Mufic by CbarleSf Hopper | Writings. — Scene Veniee, 
and the Parts of the Captain and . Knavck y in ail Tbadxs, 
DrviV/ were performed to the great- w the Coffee-boufi, Com. Anon, 
eft Degree of Excellency by the 4to. 1664. — ^This Pby was a£te<l 
then Lord Buekhurfi, and Mr. by a Company of London Appren- 
Edw. SackvilU. tices in the Cbrifimat Hdidays, 

The Ki N G *s £n T X a T A I N- and as it is faid in the Title Page 

mkntatWelbkck in Not- with great Applaure.—-This Ap- 

tingbamft>ire, a Seat of the £. of plaufe, however, was probably no 

Neweajihy at his going to Scot- more than their own Self- Appro- 

land in 1633. by Ban, Jortfon, bation, Langbaine giving it a ve- 

Fol. 1640. ry indifferent Charafter, and 

KiNG*sRxsTOKATiON. /7i/. hinting that it would not have 

SuBjK<M-*s Day. met with equal Succefs in any 

A Knack E Row to knowe one of the regular Theatres. 

a Knave. Com. Anonym. 4to. The Knight or Malta. 

1594. — This Piece Teems to have Tragi -Com. by BeaUmont and 

been like fome of the Drolls or Fletcher , Fol. i679« Scene 

Medleys performed at our Fairs. Aialta, 

,— It is faid to have been fundry The Knight op the Bukn- 

Tinves played by £</w. ^ifff, with ing Pestle. Com. hy Beau- 

Ktrnp^s applauded. Merriments of mont and Fletcher, 4to. 1635.— 

.the Mtn of Gotebam, in receiv- This Play met with good Succefsy 

ing the King into Gotebam. and was revived after the Refto- 

The feriou» Part of this Play is ration with a new Prologue fpo- 

the Story of Edgar, Efbeiwa/d ken by Mrs Eilen Gain, inftead 

and ^Ifreda.-^lt is printed in the of the old One in Profe^ which 

old black Letter, and expofes the was taken Verbatim from that 

Vices of the Age as deleted by before Ly/fy's Sapbo and Sbaon,-^ 

Uonefty. The Citizen and his Wife intro- 

A Knacxk how to knowx duced on the Stage in this Play 

AN HONEST Man. z pteafant are probably in Imitation of the 

conceited Comedit, feveral Times four GoHips, Lady like attir*d» 

aAed, Anonym. 4te, 1596.^ — in Ben Jonfon^s Staple of Newty 

The Scene lies \n Venice, and the. who remain on the Stage during 

^icce is nbt divided into AGts. the whole A^ioa^ and criticiie 

The Knave in Grain new upon each Scene. 

▼AMPT. Com. Anonym. 4to. Knight or the Goldxh 

1640. — The Incident of Julio" i Shield. FieL Sir Clyomon>. 

cheating his drunken Guefts is Knot op Knavxs» VmL 

.repeated by ^VibuiH ia hia Eng- Scot* Va^Aaifts^ 

J(/b Rogue, Past 3. Ch. i ^ as . 

41 alio ;Wt of htt chca(iiif . tbt . 


E A B A? 

LWoMAN*t Wit. 
• The Lado of Mat. A 

AAafque, by Sir PyOg* Sidmy. — 

LAmsc Fmiiiotiiiv; VSd,' liiit Piece wa» preiented tp. Q;^ 
Ly ikg Lovsm s. EMssaUtb in the.O«rden« at M^*- ' 

Laj»ibs* Pif3i.o&oPBT. Fid. Jhul in Effext and is priated to- 
Rep ir SAL. getber with ibme other Px>emB st 

L AD 1 s t* Satis FACTION. . the End of the Arcadia, 
Kd, Ikjvk'd Love. The Lady op -PtXASvRt. . 

Lady Alimjovy, or fbeAln-' Com. hy ^a, Shirl^, 4to. 1637.. 
mmf Loify, Com, Anon.^^to. —-Thelncident of &j(/il&tf«;'6 en- 
Y569.— Said in tlx Title Page to joying Aretina, and thinking her . 
he duly aothori^ed^ daily a^d, the Devil, is a Circnmftancethat 
tad foqoentty followed. this Author has alfo intioduced^ 

The Lady Errant. Tragi- into his Grateful Servant^ and'r 
Com. by H^, Cartvtrigbt, 410. Mrs. Bebn has copied, it in her 
l657.-^This was by fome efteem- Lucky Chance, — Scene the Strand, 
ed an excellent Comedy. ^- The. The Lady's Contsmpla- 
Scene lies in C^^n/x. tion^ Com. in>*twe Parts, by. 

Lady Jane Grey. Trag. the Duchefs of Nenvcaftk, Fol. 
by N. Rowe, 4to. i7i5.-~Thjs 1668,— Three Scenes in the firft, 
is an admirable Play, and is fre- and two in the fecond Part, were 
4}uently performed with Succefs- written by the Duke. 
to this Day, t ho' not abfolutely Lady's Distress. ^^. Ban* - 
on the adding Lift of Plays,— Mr, dittu 

Edmund Snn'tb had an Intention of. The Lady's lastStake,. 
Vfriting a Tragedy on, thc-Subjeift or tbeWiUt Rtfentment, >Cora. 
t»f: Lady Jane Grey, according to by C. Ci^fcr, 4to, 1703. — This 
the Hiftory which Mr. Banks is very far from a bad Comedy*, 
•followed ; and at his« Death left — The Plot of it is in fome Mea- 
fome loofe Hints o£ Sentiments, fure borrowed from Burnaby** 
and fliort Sketches of Scenes.— Reforwud fVife, but the Manner ■ 
From the laft of thefe Mr. Rvwe . of the Stile, and many of the- 
acknowledges he borrowed Part Incidents are original, and do . 
of One which he has inferted in- Honour to their Author, 
to this Play, vise, that between The Lady's Priyilxdgb*:, 
Lord Out/ford »nd Ltidy JaneGrey Com. hy Heri. Gtdptbomey ^Oi. 
in the third A^. — The Quarzel 1640.— A£hd with great Succeib». 
and Reconclhation between Lord —Scene Genoa, • 
Guilford and Lord Ttmhroke are The Lady's R^yskge, ot; 
iicry fine, and the Scene of Lady the Rover reclaim^ds Com. Anon» 
'^ane, pire«iousrto her-mounting 1734- — This Piece- 1 have. neY«r- 
the Scaffold, has Abundance of fcen, nor know if it was ever 
the Tatbot in it.— On the whole, »«cd, but I iind it on the Lift ©f 
Il:thU|k I tMiy ¥entuie to pro- Publications of .the . above-men- 
Bounce it equal to any, and fu- tioned Year, and therefore tiunAL: 
perior to moft of thedraflMtic myfelf* aothorised to infort ift> 
I^eces of this admirable Audwr* here. 
-^The 5c«ie ikftiii Und»m^ TULADY^f Tbtai.. TVags-. 

E A 1/ A 

'Com. by John F«rH, 4t^ 1639. to ^and its Ground in Spite of all ' 

^^The Scene lies in Cema, and Ennvity and lU-natUK. 

tlM Prologue is fubfcribed by Mr. Landgaktha. Tragi-Com. 

Bird'^ \mx. whether it was writ- by Hen, Burnell^ 410. 1641. « 

^ten^ or only fpoken by him^ is A£ted- at Jinhlin with great Ap-< 

not ab£:4utely apparent. plaufe. The Author having. 

The Lady^s Triuimpk. failed in a former dramatic At- 

Comic Opera, by Elk, Stttk, tempt, infures the Succefs of this 

i2ino. lyfS -*-This Piect was by introducing it to the World 

performed hy Subfcription at the with a Prologue fpoken by aa 

I'faeatre in Lincoln* S'lnn-Fieidi, yitnazM with a Battle- Ax in her 

TheLAoy'aVisiTiHGDAY. Hand, in Imitation of -^m ^Ai- 

Qom. by da, Bumaiy, 4X0, fin's Prologue to the Poetafttr,^-^ 

1701. -^Aaed at Lhtth^^^hn' The Plot of the Play is founded. 

ftekb, — Scene London, on the Swedifi Hiftory, being the 

Lams Comistonwiaith* Conqueftof Fro (orFro^^o^ Kilig 

Fid, Wits. o£ Smkkitn, by Rfgmr (or Rih^. 

La-mkkta&X< Th^oKdt, >ierj King of i>enmarkf with the. 

f^d. hrtM or Cajmbyses. Repudiation of R^mer^s Que^n 

TheLANCASHiKEWiTCKKs. LaiigartbM,^^Tkt Dedication bas»v 

Gom. by Tba Heytvood, 4to. alfo fomewhat rery whimfical in , 

1646. — The Author was aflifted it, being, To all Fair, indiffertnt- 

by Mr. Bromt in the Compofition Fmt^ Virtmin that are not Fair,., 

of this Play. — The Foundation and magnammous Ladies, ^-'Sc9ns. 

of it in general is an old Englijb Suei/ia, Or Suefbiahd, 

Novel $ but that Part of it iii Landlord) Bit. Vid* Mzk- 

which ^«//^/rr, thro? the Meahs 11 y Sailors. 

of his Aunt, revenges himfelf on The L a n ¥ is n I4r g Lo vx k j. . 

jSrtbur, Sbakfione and Bantam, or an Invocation to Sleep, A Mb— 

for their having called him Baf- fical. Jnterkde, by D, Bellofity, 

tard, is borrowed from the Hif- Lar'Gb^Prerogativx. fV.. 

Xory of John TeutonicuSftL German, Lo-te i» its Exta^y. 

who was a known Baftard and Larum for London. Vid* 

a noted Magician, and whole Alarm for London. 

Story is related at large by the- Lascivious Q^itxN* Vkl, 

Author in- hit Hierarchy of An- LusT'S Dominion. , 

gels. Lass OF Spirit, iri</.Lo#i 

The Lancashire WlTCHis in a Mist. 

and Teague O'Divelly, the Irifo Late Rev»lvtxoH. . Vkl^ 

Prieft, Com. by Tbo, ShadtoeU, Bappy Change. 

4to.' 1682.— This Play is in foipe The Law. against Loveiij, 

Meafure on the fxca^ Foundation Tragi-Com. by Sir Wk Davenatt, 

with the foregoing one.*— It was, 4to. without Dxte. ■ ■■ This 

however, writtenrin the Time of Play is a Mixture of the two 

high Contefts between the tVhig Plots of Sbakefpeare^ 5 Meajure for 

•nd T^ Parties, and therefore Meafure, and Mkcb ado a&out No-' 

met Mrith iht>ng Oppofition from rt/«^.— The Chara£Vers, and al- 

the Papifts, on Account of the tnoft the whole Language of the 

Oharader of Teagne O'Dive^,-^ Piece are borrdwed from that di- 

Its own Merit, however, and a yine Author, SLlltkuXStcH^lHkm 

weijrAMB^Pkr^ which wi^mkd has done, \itaTv% to VXwA /^-e. 

mfapport itj, cMbkd the Pioct^ ClitXftDStkat%% «£ WSei 'tXwf^Vv- 


: gether> To as to form Tome Con- caused a new- Edition of it to be 

aedlion between the Plots, and to printed at her own £xpcnce» ^JA 

. Ibften and modernize vhofe Paf- difperfed among the Eledors, 

£aigcs of the Language which ap- with Notes to it and a Frontif- 

peared rough or obfolete. — > The piece, in which his Lordihip was 

Scene Turifi, treated with the utmeft Indecency 

The Laws of CANnr. Tri- and HI Manners. —This Edition 

f i-Com. by Beaumont and Fletcher, alfo he booght up as nearly as he 

Fol. 1679. — This IS one of the could, but could not fucceed fo 

moft indiifl^erent of thefe Authors far as to prevent ibme of them 

plays, and has not been adted for from getting into the World.—— 

. many Years. —— The Scene in The Scene lies in a Country 

Qandia. Town. 

The Laws of Natv^ri. — * OfLASAKvs kais*d> fkom 

This is caird a Comedy by L4ii!|- Tux Deau, A Comedy, by 

bainef Jacob, and Gildon, but nei- Bifliop Stf/r.^— —— This is one of 

ther o/them pretend to have feen thofe Pieces mentioned in his 

it. — ^The Author of the Briti/b pwn Lift of his Writings. 
theatre, however, ftyles it an In- > Lzar, King of England, bis 

lerlude, and dates it 1587. Tragedy, by fr, ^bakefpeare, 4to, 

Law Tricks, or H^bovtouU 1608.— This Play is founded on 

have thought it f Com. by John the Englip Hiftory, and is one of 

Day% 4to. i6c8. — This is an ad- the Chef SOevres of this capital 

mirable Play. Mafter. — The Diftin^ion drawn 

The LawykssFsast. Fare, between the real Madnefs of the 

hy Ja, Ralph, 8vo. 1744. — This King, and the feigned Frenzy of 

little Piece was performed at the Edgar, is fuch, as no Pen but his 

^. J?^.in Dr, Laney with fome own was capable of.-— The quick, 

Sttccefs. h»fty, choleric Difpofition of 

The LAWYCRsFoKTUKBor Lear, fupported in the Midft of 
Love in a hollow Tree. Com. by Tendernefs, Diftrefs, and even 
tiOrd yi(c» Grimflone, %vo, 1705. Lunacy; and the general Tenor 
•——This Piece was never a£ted, of his whole Converfation, which 
but by a Strolling Company of even in aU the wild extravagant 
Comedians at fVindfor, and is Ramblings of that Lunacy, fhll 
certainly full of Numbers of Ab- tend as towards a Centre to the 
furdities, but fome Indulgence Arft great Caufe of it, the Cruel- 
ought furely to be allowed it, ty of his Daughters, is Paintings 
when it ikall be known that the only (0 be reached by Sbakefpear£z 

Author was only a School-boy, happy Pencil. la a Word, ta 

and but thirteen Years of Age at attempt to enumerate all itsBeau- 

the Time he wrote it; and fo ties, would take a larger Portion 

eonfcious did his Modefty and of our Work, than the deftined 

good Senfe afterwards render him Limits of it would permit me to 

#f its numerous Deficiencies, that beftow on any finglc Piece.— The 

as far as was in his Power he at- Play, however, as it is now a€ted, 

tempted to buy in the Impreffion. is only an Alteration of the ori-. 

•—In Confequence of an Election, ginal Piece, made by N, Tate, and 

however, where his Lordfikip printed in 4to. 168 1.— -In this Al- 

^ifod ior Candidate^ the old teratioo Tau has omitted one 

XhtchefsofM-^&^kytho'wzt vrbflilft CVanAtty^nat^ \!bax <^ the 
m Jbxuig Oggpaeat. to hit laxtxttt, ^^2E^ 


Pool, interwoven a Love Plot be- new CKarafler called tord Cbafk* 
tween Edgar and Cordeihi, and flone, 

given the whole a. foitun^te Con- TheLeTTER Writers, or 
clafion. — How far, however, he anew Way to keep a Wtft at heme, 
has taken from the Force, while Com. byH. Fieldtttg, 8vo. 1732. 
he has added to the Reguhrity of — This Play was a£led at the 
the Play, I leave to the Critics to Little Theatre in the Haymarket 
determine. with fome Snccefe ; but like the" 

The Le AR'N ED Lad tes. reft of that Author's latger dra- 
Gom. by 0»*//i— A Tranflation raatic Pieces, has never been re* 
only of the Temmes ffavantes of vived fince its firft Ran. ^ In 
Moiiere, Ihort, Fuld{ng*% happy tnm of 

Lethe. Dramatic Satire, by Humo^, more efpecially for . 
D, Garrick, 8vo. 1748.— This Scenes in lower Life, rendered 
PiececoniHIsonly of aNumberof almoft all his Farces fuccefsful, 
feparate CharaAers, who comii^ but was not fo well ada|>ted to the 
by Pl»t»*s Permiffion to drink of more elegant Parts of genteel and 
^e Waters of Forgetfulnefs, re- regular Comedy. 
kte to j^Jiipf who is appoiiited TTbe L'evee. Farce. An6nym, 
Ae Diftributer of thefe Waters, 8vo. 1740.— This Piece was ne>. 
the feveral Particulars -which con" ver afted j it was indeed ofFer*d to, 
ftitute the 'diftingurfiiing Parts pf and accepted for Reprefentation,.. 
their Several Diipoiitionsi-^ln the by FUetvoed the Manager of Dr, 
Execution of this Defign, there is Lane Theat. but was denied a Li- 
ftcope ^ven for very keen and cence by the Infpedor of' Farces* 
poignuit Satire on the 'reigning The Levellers hevell^Dj/ 
F«l&e8 of the Age.^-^et fo true or the hd^pettdtms Conffiracy t6 
Is it, that the ^cken Beer will tout out Monarchy » An. IntttlMit, 
ever weep, tsd tbe gall'd Jade written by Mercuriui Pragtrfaticuim 
wince, that notveithftanding the 4to. 1647. — ^The Author of thii 
' Wit and fenfible Manner in Piece is tidknown, but the ytiy 
which diifl Satire is conveyed, Title of it implies him to have 
sotwfthftanding befides the ad- heen a warm Royalift, as d6e8 al^ 
inirable Performance 4>f the Piece, his Dedication, which is to K. 
lA which the Atttiior himfelf du- Vha^.lU — •'He alfo appears a f^rong 
ling its firft Run, a€ted no lefs Enemy to Lilly the Almanack- 
than three of the Chara^ers, it maker, wlrem he la/hes fevereljf 
met with confiderable Qppofition ; under the Name of Orlotto. 
nor was it till fome time after Liberalitie and Prodi- 
that it made its Stand firmly, and t; a l i t i e. Vid. Con t E n t i on. 
bfccame as it now is, one of the The Libertine. Trag. by 
conftant and regular Petite Pieces Tho, Shadwt/i, 410. 1676. — This 
of tht^ftg/fjb Stage. — It made its Play met with great Succefs, and 
Appearance fome Years before- at is by fome efteemcd one of thft 
the Theatre in Goodman's Fields, beft of fhii Aif thorns Writings.— 
vnder the Title of ^sop in It is on a Subjeft which has em- 
rr HE Shades. — It is, however, ployed the Pens of the fird Rate 
Tonfiderably alter'd by the Dreis Writers in different Languages, 
it now appears in, and in the lat- there i}ei'ng befides this, two 
ter Editi©j25 Garrick.lns added ^ French PUya oaOtit^Slwj^ V^^^ 


hjCtriuilti, the ether by Ji^erey (^ to a Peace with England, nn- 
one Italian , and one Sfanifi one. leie be was delivered i^ a Sacrifice 
— - Yet I cannot help hinting at to national Refentment. — Nay,- fo 
my own particular Judgment in ftr did he carry this Appiehen- 
Regard to it, that the Incidents iion, that when theCongrefs for 
are fo crammM together in it, the PeaceofC//rfCi&/ wasin Agita- 
without anyConiideration of Time tion, he waited on the Duke of 
•r Place as to make it highly un- Mar&orougb, who had. formerly 
natural, that the villainy of Don been his Patron> to intreat his 
Jobn^t Character is worked up to Intereft with the Plenipotentiaries 
luch an Height, as to exceed even that they ihould not acquiefce to 
the Limits of Poflibility, and that his being given up. —The Duke, 
the Catailrophe is fo very horrid, however, told him with great 
as to render it little left than Im- Gravity, that he was forry it was 
piety to reprefent it on the Stage, out of his Power to ferve him, as 
—And, indeed^ it is now many he really had no Intereft with any 
Years iince it has been permitted of the MinilUrs at that Time, 
to make its Appearance there. but added, that he fancied his 
The LiBZKTiMX. Trag. by Cafe not to be ^uite fo detperate 

OxilL This is only a Tranfla- as he feem*d to imagine, for that 

tion oiMolitrit Play on the iame indeed he had taken no Care to 

Subject. get bimfelf excepted in the Artl- 

LiBEKTiNX TAM*D. Vtd» cles of Peacc, and yet he could 

pOATiN.G LovxKS* uot help thinking that he had 

LixxxTY AssxKTXD. Trag. done the French <z/i»x&/f a^ much 

by y, Dennis, 4X0, 1704. This Damage as Mr. Dennis himfelf. 

Play was a£ted with great Succeis Another E&A of this Appre- 

<t the Theat. in Linc^In^s-Inn- heniion prevailing with him is 

Fields, and is dedicated to At* told as follows j that being invi* 

tbony Henley, Efqj to whom the ted down to a Gentleman*s Houfe 

Author owns himfelf indebted for on the Coail of SuJ/ex, where he 

tbe bapfy Hint upon lubich it ivas had been very kindly entertained 

y»r«m/.— The Scene is laid at for fome Time, as he was one 

Agnie Twhich Name, he fays, for Day walking near the Beach, he 

the Sake of a better Sound, he faw a ihip faiUn.g, as he imagined* 

has alterM to Angie) in Canada : towards him. — On which, taking 

and the Plot an imagined one, it into his Head that he was be- 

from the Wars carried on among tray'd, he immediately made the 

the Indian Nations.— The extra- beft of his Way to London, with- 

vagant and enthufiail'c Opinion out even taking Leave of his Hoft 

Dennis himfelf had of the Merit who had been io civil to him, but 

and Importance of this Piece, on the contrary, proclaiming him 

cannot be more properly evinced to every Body as a Traitor, who 

than by the following Anecdotes, had lieeoj^d h\si down- to his 

which are related of him with Re- Houfe only in Order to give No- 

gard to it. ^ tice to the French, who had fitted 

He imagined there were fome out a Veflel on Purpbfe to carry 

Strokes in it io fevere upon the him ofF, if he had not luckily di& . 

Frencb Nation,that they could ne- covered their Defign.— So ihangt 

rer be forgiven, and confequently is the Mixture of Vanity and Suf- 

that Lours XJV, wctrid not con* ^kion viVucYivitimftXVDsit^ \^\»^ 



met ^idi in Men of Underftand* of th^ Town in fo jaft a Man** 

ing and Geniat. ner, and fet them in fo ridiculous 

Lirt ANo Death or Doc- a Light, that unable tp ftandthe 

TOR Favstvi. y^d. Doctor Lafli of the Poet's Pen, aided by 

Fa OS TVS. the Force of comic Reprefenta- 

Life and Dbatk op Pops tion, they found Means to ftop 

Jo AN. Fid, FzMALX Pre- the Play after a Run of only three 

LATE. Nights.— There are, howercr. 

The Life and Death op feveral Parts of it by much too 

Socrates. An hiftorical Trag. loofe for modeft Ears^ or for a 

hyG, Adams, M. A.— >ThisPlay moral and well-regulated Stage.— 

^|hu never afted, but wat-printed The Author has borrowed Tome 

an S?o. 1746. of bis Incidents from French and 

The Life op Tohh Bap- Italian Novels; for Inftance, 

Tl ST. —Whether this Piece was Mrs. Saint/y*s difcovering Levt" 

Tracedy or Comedy I know not. aU in the Cheft, taken* from 

■ ■ T *nie Author of^it is Biftop Cyntbio\ Novels, Part 1. Dec. 3. 

Bale t at it ftands^ 00 his own Nov. 3. an4 Mrs. Brainfick't 

Lift. pinching and pricking him, from 

LiOHT Heart. Vid, New M. de St. Bremond's Triumph of 

IwK. Lave over Fortune* — The Scene 

Like will to like, ^voth "lies at a boarding Hoofe in Lon» 

the DeVil TO the Collier, don. 

An Interlude, by jttpian Fuhvelty Lingua, or the Combat of the 

4to. 1 587. T his is entirely a Tongue and the five Senjesfor Supe* 

moral Piece, intended to point riority, — A ferious Comedy Anon. 

out the Benefits that attend on a 4to. i^o'j»——HnnJlaMlty has by 

virtuous, and the Punifliments Miftake attributed it to Anth. 

that await on a licentious Life.—* Brewer, and telis us moreover, that 

It is printed in the old black Let- at the firft Performance of it at 

ter, the Prologue written in al- Triniy College, in Cambridge, OH" 

temate Verfe, and the whole ver Cromwell aded the Part of 

PieceinRhime;andiscontr'vMfo Ttf^Fx/x in it, from which he firft 

as to be eafily performed by five imbibed his Sentiments of Ambi- 

Perfons. tion, — The Scenels Afierocofmus 

Lillifvt. AMufical Enter- in a Grove.— -—The Time from 

tainment, 8vo. I757^-Thi8 Piece Morning till Night. 

was a^led all by Children ; there The Liticants. Com. of 

is no great Share of Merit in it, three A£Vs, by Mr. OzeU, 8vo. 

but when it is confidered that it 1715.— >This is no more than a 

was planned, vrritten, and got up Tranflation from the PLu'deurs of 

in a Month, it is in fome Mea- Racine, which is itfelf borrowed 

furc excufeablc.— It was perform- from the fFaJps of Arifiophanes, 

ed at the Theat. in Dr, Lane, for and *is an admirable Satire on 

H^oodword's Benefit. thofe Perfons who engage in, 

' Mr. Limber MAM, or fi^XirW and purfue long and expenfiye 

Keeper, Com. by % Dryden, 4to. Law-Suits mercK for the Sake 

1680. —This play was intended of Litigation.— The Scene lies in 

as an honeft Satire againft the a City of Lonoer Normandy, 

crying Sin of Keeping; but in The Little French Law- 

ihoit it txpofed the keeping Part yer,* Com. V<| Btaumont •!ssl\ 

L O L.O 

FUttherji Fol. i679,r-^he' Not TidflfdlAto A£h.-*It is eiitirelx<of 

of this Play is taken from Cufman the Baffe Comedie of the JFrptcb,-^ 

(cU Alfaracbtf or the Spanijb The Scene lyiog wholly '^amongft 

Roguij Part 2. Ch. 4.,— The Peribni of thp lowed JR^nJc..— — 

Story of Dinant, CJerimoni and Yet it has a good Deal of .H»- 

Z^mine, being borrowed from, that mour . in . it, . aaiwen the Title, 

of Don Lewis dt Cafiro^ and Don which calls, it^ a witty Ctmee^, 

Roderiga deMontaha* — The Scene ful of 'various and delightful J\fCrtbt 

lies in France* and. was. often^ a^Ud with great 

L I T T L B Okpkam. Vid, Applaufe. 

Tchao-chi-cou>xi.l. The Londo^ CuckoIds. 

LittlsThief. A^/</.NiGHT Com. hy Ed. Ra/venfiroft^ 4^ 

Wa I.KER. 1683 .—This Play met with veiy 

The Livery Rajce and . great Succe6, -.and has, till with- 

CouNTRY Lass. A Ballad O- in a veryfew> Years paft> beta 

pera, hy Edw. Phili/», 8vo. 1731* frequently preieatedon our Stag^; 

•~This was zf^td it Drury Lane particuIaslyonXer^/AftfyorVIJUy, 

with fome Succefs. in Contempt and to the Difgrace 

Lives op Jupiter and of the City. — ^Yet its fole Abi« 

Saturn. ^///. Golden Aob. lity-of pleafing fcemito conlift in 

LocRiNE, E/defi San to King the great Buf^le of Boiinefs and 

Brutvs, his Tragedy, hy W.SbakeJ' Variety, of Incideata which are 

peare, ^to, 1595. Tho* this thrown into it ; it being not only 

Playhas been attributed to ^i>#^^- a very immoral, but a very 111- 

pfore, and is printed together written Piece, — In. (bort, it is 

with his other Works in the ear- little more than a CoUedlion of 

lier Editions of them, yet Mr. Incidents taken from- different 

Theobald has totally expelled it. Novels, and jumbled together at 

and fix more Plays, from his £- bold Hazard, forming a Conneo- 

ditiois, and indeed thofe itvtn tion with each other as they 

Pieces have fo little of the Stamp may. — The Charafters of JFife- 

of that great Mailer in them, acre and Peggy, and the Scene of 

that the Editors have either whol* P^ggy^s watching herHu/band*s 

ly omitted them, or at moft only Night Cap in Armour^ during his 

publifiied them in a feparate Vq- Abfence, is frorii Scarron*4 Fruit" 

lume by themfelves, in fome Ufs Precaution, -^Lovede^*^ difco- 

Manner detaching them from the vering Eugenia's Intrigite, and 

reft. For the Names of them all fcrc^ening it by pretending tocon- 

Vid. Cromwell. — The Plot of Jure for a Supper, from the 

this is founded on Hiftory, and Contes D^Ouville, Part 2. p. £35. 

includes a Space of twenty Years, — Eugenia^ s.Contnvznct to have 

being his Reign, and the Lofs of Jane lie in her Place by herHuf- 

EJirildis and i^abra^ — For farther band while (he^ goes to RanAlt, 

Particulars confult Mihon'z Hift. from the Mefcolanxa doke, at the 

oi England, Book 1. P. 14. End of Torr/Vrwo's Gnunmar, ch. 

LoDowic Spsrza. yid,Dvxx x6.' — Her Scheme for the bring- 

OP Milan. . ing off RamSk and Lovtp-Day, by 

London Chanticleers, obliging the former to draw J&is 

Com. Anonym. 4to. 1659.-^ Sword and counterfeit a Paifiofl^ 

This Piece is rather an Interlude from Boccaee, Dec. 7. Nov. 6^-^ 

th»a A Play, aot even being di- Dw(Ut"% obU^^ hU Wife jfrg^ 

L O L O 

^^ Co aniWef nothing but iVb to this Author ix Offim, at Cify 
all Queftions during his Abfince, Poet, on Occafion of the Enter- 
and me Confcquci^ce of that In- t^nibent made for K. Charies II. 
triguewith T(TO;if^ from the C?«/« by the City, the Y-car of his Re* 
D^OuviUe, Part 2. p. izi.— And floration. 

Eugenia s making a falfe Confi- Londinum Tkivmf^ams, 
dence to her Hufband Dajhweli, or London* i ^Triumph, "By Jshm 
and fending him into the Garden , Tateham, 4to, 1663, celebrated in 
.in her Cloaths, to be beaten by Honour of the truly deferving Sir 
Lovedayy from the Contes de Fan- Antktmy Batanan, Knight, Lord 
M/W. — In a Word, it ia no more Mayor of Lwtdon, and done at 
than a Icmg Chain of Thefts from the Cofts and Charges of the worr 
Beginning to End, — Yet, fur- fh.ipful Company 0/ Skinners, on 
niihed as it is by the amafling of the zoth of O^o^f x668«— At 
all this Phinder, it feems calcu- this Period the City of London 
lated only to pleafe the Upper maintained a Poet upon Salary^ 
Galleries, bein^ of a Kind of whofe Butinefs it was to write 
Humour^ too low for any Thing the Mafques and other Pieces ne- 
aboYe the Rank of a Chamber- ceiTary for the Public Shews of 
maid orFootboy to laugh at, and the City, of which the greateft 
intermingled with a Series of In- ftated one being that on the Z.or</ 
trigue, Libertinifm and Lafcivi- Mayor's Day, it appear^ to have 
oufnefs, that nothing more virtu- been ufual for fome One of the 
ous than a common Proftitute twelve Companies (moftprobibly 
could lit to fee without a Bluff), that to, Which the Mayor Eleft 
- — It is, however, to be hop'd peculiarly belpnged) to exhibit 
that it is* at length totally banifli- fonK Pageant or flight Dram*tic 
ed from the Stage. Entertainment at their own pro* 

London Pit en tics. yid. per Cofl^s and Charges in Honour . 
Turkish Court. of the Day, and of the newly in- 

The London Prodigal. veOed Sovereign of the City«-«> 
Com. by 1^. Sbakcfpeare,*^Thi$ This Piece ia one of thefe Repre* 
is one of the feven Plays attrU fentarions, and we iball in the ; 
bated to this Author, but rejcdt- Courie of this Work take Notice 

ed by his late Editors. It is of'many of them> ^s mentioned 

very far from a bad Play, and if under different Titles. 
not entirely Sbalufpeare'' s , yet London*s Triumph, By 
carries in it fuch Stamps of the , y, Taubatn, 4to. 1637, —This 
Hand of fome fuperior Genius, is another of the City Lord May" • 
as may juflly authorize our fup- or*sDayReprefentations,of whicli 
pofing that he had fome Share in Vid. Londinum Triumpbam, -—It 
the Compofition of it. Scene was celebrated the 29th of OB, 
London, and its Environs. l657> ui Honour of the truly de- 

LoKDON*s Gl^ry, reprefent- ferving Rich, Cbitferton, Lord 
ed by Truth, Time, and Fame, Mayor of London, at the Coils 
an the magnificent Triumphs and and Charges of the Right Wor* 
Entertainment of his moft facred ihipful Company of Skinners, 
Majetty Cbar/esU, Sec, it Guild' The Longxr thov lit- 
haJi, tut 5th T}zy oi July, x66o. estk the morx Fools thov 
by John l^atebam,-^Thi8 was i arte. Cdou b^ W% We^tx^ 
MaJque Of iDtarJude wnttcahy Ato, i57o. 


Loot ABOVT Yov. Com. B1^n^t90, 8v6. wltfaoiit Date, 

AnoAym; 4to. i6oo.— This is a bat b^ongs to the Writings of the 

▼try diverting Play, -And the Plot prefcnt Century, 
of it it founded on the EngUJh The LotterV. Com. 8vo. 

' Hiftorians of the Reign of Htti" 1728.— This Pky was ad^ed at 

ry tl# the New The. in the Haymarket, 

A Lt)o KING •Glass vor but with what Succefs I know 

London AND En dL'ANi>. Tt'.- not.--'The Scene Xoir^m. 
Com. by Tii^. Lad^tf, 4to. 150S. The Lot t cry. A Ballad 

*^R9h, Orteii aflifted the Author Farce, by H. FUkBng, 8vo. 1734. 

in the Writing of this Play, thi — This is. a lively and enterrain- 
Plot ef which is fenaded o^ the ' ing Piece, was a^ed at Dr. Lane 

Story of yotuis and the Ifrnevt'tet with cdnfiderable Succefs, Jind 

la fajercd Hiftory. ^ ftill retnaiiA on the Lift ofz^in^ 

LoED Blunder's Conveb- Farces, efpecially near the Time 

SIGN, or GuikWiakHa Coward, of drawing the State Lotteries, 

A Ballad (^M!ra> Anosym. St6. when the Scene of the Drawing 

1733,— —This Piece was never ill Guildhall gives great ^leafure 

a£bd, nor have I ever feen it, to the nightly Refidents of the 

yet, finding it amongft the Pub- u|ipeir Regions of the Theatre^ 
licatiotts of the above Year, think Lot h a r i u s. An Ttal.- Opera, 

myfelf obliged to mention it^in Svo. I7:»9.'— This Piece was per- 

this Place.-*-«-Bat I am apt to formed at the King*s Theatre ia 

imagiAe the Stibjed of it is fome the Haymark» ^^ The Plot of it 

political Affiiir pointed at the is founded on the Hiftory of Ofb^' 

JMiniftry of that Tinie. the Great, Emperor of Germaty, 

Of the Lor o*s- Str p p cr a n d whofe Name this Auttior haa 

washing Tke FstT. . A Co- changed to Lotbariug, as he him- 

iKedy;-— This is one of the many felf fays in the Argument, to ac- 

religious Dramas mentioned 1^ commodate it to the Scene.-^The 

' Bifiiop Baleu his own, Dranfa opeihs with the Siege and 

The Lost Ladv. Tragi- Surrendet o£ Pavi^, to Stren- 

'Com. by Sir ^%i. Bartlay, Fol. garisti, 
X639. V LoVK- A«LA -Mods. ^Com.- 

The Lost Lovxr, or tbejea' Anonym. 4to. 1663. — ^This Play 

hui Hujband, Com. by Mrs. D» which was afted- at Middtefea . 

U Rivkri Mdnky, ^to. t696.«— Houfe with great Applaufe, i* 

Tho* this Pi^ce dki not fucceed .i^ in the Title-Page to havsr 

*titi the Stage, yet the Dial<)gtie of been written by a Peribn of Ho-' 

k is. very genteel, and the Inci- nour, and (according to his Pre<* 

dents not uoirttet«fting | and in- face which ia figned T. S.) hi th^ 

deed, if we make proper Allow- firft Year of the Reftor^oa. ->-' 

ances for the Sex of its Author, Who this Perfon of Honour wat^ 

ihe Time it was wrote iii> and I have not been aMe to guefs, but 

its beihg a firft Bifity in that ar- H lAight poffibly be known ^ • 

dous Way of Wntihg, it may tracing back the ABiances of th« 

very juftly be' cOafelTedj, that it Ct&rand FattUy, a» (he fi#ft of 

deibrved a much better Fa«e than three retomtteiid^eiy Copies of 

it m A with. Verfes prefixed to this Play, ia 

The L&9T pR^ifctss* Triigk luMcribed k.CMrmud, Baiontf^^ 


ther the Aotfaor, whith by the phe is bonowed from ^%eo» C^S" 
Letters figned to the Preface, ap- Str^s Comedy of The Lovtr, and 
^ars to have been hk Brother- the Chara^r of the JnJhmMn 
in-Law, -or Half-Brother. bears too much Refemblance to . 

' L^ovt-A-LA'MoDi. Farce, by Sbm^tan^jCapt* O'Bluiidtry to e;i- 
Cbm, Macklut, 1760.— This farce title its being looked on as an en- 
has never been printed^ but was tire Original. > • 
-brought on at the Th^t. Roy. io Love and aBottlk. Qom. 
f>r. Lant, where after ibme^fvg- -bf^Uo, Far^Mr, ^, 1698. •«- 
^les between two Parties, the one This is a very fprightly and en- 
f»lre}<sdiGCd ior, the other a^Mnft tertainingPlay, yet on Account 
its Author, it at length made >t<6 of the ioofeneis of the Chara^er 
Footing good, and had a very of Roebuck (which, however, is 
•great -Run, to the confideiabK perhaps the -bcft drawn Raise we 
Emolument of the Avthor, who have ever had oa the Stage) and • 
not being p^id as -an AiSfcer, re- fome other Strokes of Licentiouf- 
ierved to bimielf a Portion in the nefs that run through the Piece» 
"Prollts df every Night it was -it has been very ieldom aded for 
«Sed.— ThelPiece dees ^not want iome Years paft.— — The part of 
Merit w^thReiped toCharatiUr Mvclmode Uiam to be bonowedl 
4Mid Sdtii*, yet hasithe Wfiter^s iwoki^Mtiu^iUiGmtiB^miime o( 
flatiooal'MftiaHtyearriediiimiii^ Mblien, 

•o-lb -dc^ous a Path ifrom the Lo^vt and A>fBi7i9H. Tr. 
Maimers of the Drama, aa-aoiong by ^tf. J>^cy^ asmo. 1731.^— 
four 'Lovers who 'ire addi^dBng a This Pky' -was brojtigbt on the 
yeoAg Lady ^ very gralktFortvne^ . Stage in Dub/m, and met with 
«nB. an ii^OflUer, a^S^i'Barh leme^ueoeft. 
a ^ew Sriilier, and «A»Si^)il Lovz a^nd Dvtt. T^g, by 
Goontty S^iffc, 4o hlive nMMiC'tM Shimy, %^o» 472 1, jerformed at 
firil of them the only one who'ii the Thectie Roy. iirL/ifrs/ii ViiM- 
totally diiinterciled ifiifh^e^a fifUt^ ^ . ^ 

to -the pecuniary Adipuitieet ap* Lovk am0 Duty. Trag. fay , 
parent from the Matoh.-^ACha- ydh Skde*^ thit Play- was never 
ta^er fo diflR^ent from v^hat Ex* «ded, but printed 8vo« 1756. 
perience- has In general fiaud pa Lots and £mp ji^s. ^J, A- ^ 
Ihe Gentlemen of that Kingdom, s«amv'L.z, ^ , 

who make their Addted^ to our Lov« and ^it>ii y. A Ma^. 
£srf^ Ladies of Foftune, that al- -Anonym. 8v0k 2734«>^-» I koo«r 
tiio' there ere undottbCedly many no mote of this Pi«ce than by 
itotpng the if^ CventlemeD, pof* lioding it in the Lift of Publica- x 
Med of ^flnds eripable^of great tions of that Year, biit imagine 
•Hondkii' «nd Oenevofity, yet d>ift it was never a^ed, not being-men- 
MdpftveCofflftlimenttothem hI tioned ei^er by J^^ieicep, or is 
Opposition te received Opinion, the Britljb Theatre, 
'lieems to convey a Degree of Par- Lov-s and'Honovr. Tragi- 
tiaiity,whkhevery-dramaticWri- Com. by Sir f^, Daveruuit, 4to* 
ter ^t leaft fhoM be fhsdioufly i 63 5.^-This Play met with very 
careful to aw^d.-t^'The Seetcbmsfi, good Succefs.«-»The Scene liei in 
and the £»^i^ Gentleman Jockey Savoy, 

are, however, admirably drawn 5 Lov» ANtt LimLT'<l.TnV 
hut tAeTJtaugbtW the Cata/bio- by Cha\ Johnfim ^X.q, i*jq^. — ^ 

to LO 

Ttis Pity WI8 intended for tht* LcvH pztkay*v«> w rbe 

Theat. Roy. in Dr, Lane, but j^reesSle Difappointment* Com.- • 

was not a&cd.— It is dedicated to by Mr. Burnahy, 4to. 1703— 

the judicious Critics tkroughout Aded at LincufCt'Inn-Fieids, — 

t^e Town. — Th^ Scene lies in The Author confeiTes that he 

^apks, boirowed Part of his Plot^ and 

LoTk AND LiBtMTY. yiJ, about fifty Li ncs of this Cooiedy 

ScANntan-id. /rom Sbakejptaref but as I have 

Lovz AMD Maoic* ^^£m- never feen the Play itfelfy I can- 

citAxrTXK. jiot fay from which of that Au- 

LoYX AMD RxvKicGx. Tf* thor*8 Sieces he* has committed • 

ky£/l.5«f/ip,4to. 1675. — This this Theft. 

JPlay is in great Meafure borrowed Lov z crowns thb End. 

fmmHimmn^s Fetal Conira&'ytht A Pafh>nl-Tragt«Com. \>yJobm 

Pkft of w^icA, M well as of tl>is Ifatebmny Svo. i^^o.-^This was 

Piece, is founded on the Frtneb a^ed by> and> rfup^ofe, written 

Chronicles of /UbBrrtfjf, DeSerrts, for the Scholars of Bingham in 

Sfc^Stttle, in his Foftfcript to Ifottinghamjbire^ in the Year 

this Flay, veiy haiihly attacks 26i;X*'— It is very fliort, tnd not 

SUmdweffi who has anfvcred him ^vided into A£b> yet is recom- 

a^ feverely in his Pr^cc to the mended 1^ . no lefs than thirteen 

Libertine, Copies of Veries by ^r«Mr,iMt^^, 

LovB AMD Rbvzn«b, or Ibc.'-^Scene a Crovtf wherein is 

tbe yintner 9utwit^ Ballad On* Lover* s Fdiley, 

Anonym. 1719. —This is littK Lovx dracoom*d. Farce, by 

, tnoife than the Match in Newgate Mr. Mtteux , B ut wiien or 

convotted into an Opera, by the where afted, or of what Date the 

'Addition of iome Songs.— It was Publication, I know not^ but 

* a^ed with Succeii at the Little imagine it to kavt been abou( 

Theat. in iht Haymarket, lyoo. 

Lovs and RzvtMGZ. Fid, Lots fox Lovx. Com. by 

Ta tax Con tx a e t . PF» Cpf^r0ve, 410. 1693^ — ^Thia 

Lovx AKD Rienxs RtcoN*> Play is £^ extreaely well known, 

cii^xD. Fid, Lovx^s A Lot- and fb frequently a€Ud with the 

^TXX.T. . Approbation it ji^y merits, that 

Lovx AND Wak, Trd^. by it would be unnece/Tary to f^f 

Tbo, Meriieitw — — This is a very much of it.-— I ihaill therefore 

aiiddling .Piece« and was never only juft mention that with this 

a^ed, but printed 4Co» 1658. May the New Theatre and Com- 

Lovx AND ZxAL. Fid, Six pany opened at Lim^'^-Ittn-FitUit 

John Oldcastlx. at which Time it met with lb 

Lovx AT A Losi', or Moji much Succefs, that Bettertom aM 

Fotft carry* it. Com, by Mi?, the other Managers ofthat HonTe 

Cath, Trcther, 4to. 1701. made the Author anofifer, which 

• Lovx AT A VzMTuxK. C. hc-acceptcd^ of a whole Share* 

by Mjrs. Centlivre, 4to. 1706.— with tbiem ia their .Profits^ on 

This Play was afted by the Duke Condition of his fumiihing them 

of Graficns Servantf, at the New .with a new Play every Year.. 

Theatre at ^tf/^. Love fox Monky', or tha 

I0OVE AT FIRST Sight. Boarding Scbeo/, Com. by 71a. 

/%/, PmjI9cm,S9, Dur/<^, i^, \fe^\»— nC\iA&?Vvi 

L O L O 

net with fome Oppciition in the Anonym, and without Dstte^ hot 

•firft Day's Rcpriefentation,' but, fince 1700. -. 

getting the better of that, ftood. Lov« uc a Kx]>S{.K. A 

its Ground, and met with tolera- - Paftoral Ballad Opera, by C. Cii» 

hie Succefs. — ^Thc Plot in general ier, 8vo. 1728.— ^Thie was the 

h origind, yet the Play on the fiift Piece written in Imitatioii 

^hole is viery far from a good' 6f the Beggar's Opera^ aAd, came 

one.— -The Scene lies at Cbe/fea, out in the fiicceedibg Year.— It 

by the Rivef*s Side— The Time met, however, with a moft fc- 

36 Hours.— Co^ ftole from this veire and undeferved Receptioii> 

• fiis Farce called the Boarding ^ere being a general Difturbance 

. Scbwl Ron^ps, throughout the whole firft Re- 

Lovx TftzzD rnoM I6no- prefentation , excepting while 

kANcz AvnFaLiLy. AMafque tMifs Raftor (the ptefent Mrs/^ 

of her lyfajefHes, by Ben Jonfiti, Give) who made her firft Apr 

*— I know not on what Occaiion pearamce in it, was finging ; and 

this Piece was written, or at what on the 'fecond Night the Riot was 

Time performed or firft publiih- ftill greater, notwithftanding the 

kd.— It is, however, tp be found late Frederic Prince of Wain WM 

among bis.Works. prefent, and that for the firft 

Lovx IV A CttZST. Vid, , Time after his Arrival in th'efe 

Force or Fkiendshif. Kingdoms, nor would it have 

Lovx IN A FoRzsT. Com. been appeafed, had not Mr. CH- 

\y Cba, yobnfony 8vo. 1721. aft- hr himfelf come forward, and 

ed at Drury Lane Theatre. — ^Tbe affurM the Audience that if they 

Plot and Part of the Language of would fufifer the Performance to 

this Play is from Shakefpeare'* s As go on quietly for that Night, out 

Tou lUe it. Yet; as it has gene- of Refpeft to the Royal Prefence, 

rally happen*d in every AttemjJt he would not infift on the Piece 

toanAmendmentOfthatgreatAu* being afled any more, ahho* the 

thor's Works, itisfo much in- enfuing -Night fliould in Right 

jur'd by the Alteration ;. that have been his Benefit.— Which 

were he at prefent in Exiftence, Promife he faithfuHy kept.— 

hit might with great Juftice enter Yet, as a Proof that it was Party 

an Indi€iment on the Maiming Prejudice againft the Author, and 

•Aft, againft thefe his pretended not Want of Merit in the Pie«C 

Keformers. itfelf, that was the Occafion of 

Lovx IN A HOLLOW Txxz. ell this violent Oppofition, when 

^^; La wTXR*s Fortune. fometime afterwards the Farce of 

Love in a ffoRRv. Com. Dampn and Phillida, taken en- 

"fcy Antb, Afiwy 8vo. 1709. tirelyfrom this Play, was brought 

|jpyx IN A J^AXYRiNTR. on the 3tage as a Novelty, and 

^Vii^ T^TOR roR THX Beaux, not known to be Gbber'sy it wat 

Love in a Maze. Vid* very favourably received, and has 

Chances. ever fiiice continued to be afted, 

1.0 VE ^N 4 M^ST, or A^Lafs and coniiantly with great A^- 

9f^irit. Farce. Anonym. 8v6. plaufe, 
•27ip. Never afted. Love in a Sack. Farce of 

itpyx IN A NirUNERY. Fid, two Afts, hy Benj, Griffin, i2mo. 

Assignation. '^ »7i5. A^ed at LiVi-Uiv-Fxtliis* 

J^vM i» A FvDDiM, Cm, *m$9tm Cwffit ©atden^ 

LO L,0 

Lots IM Aam&. fid, Cicz- CamatOo^i Wife, fending Scruttmd 

LI A AND Chlorinda. to Trivultio '%o check him for. 

^ Low IN A TvB, yHd, Co- roalung Love to her, from.B«c-. 

MiCAL kzYKNGB. ' coce, Day. 3. No1^ 3. which has 

Lovi IN A Wood, or St, alfo been made Ufe of by Ben 

Jmms^i f^rk. Com. by If^, ^- JmifoiL, in his DtviVi an ^, and 

0hmrltVy 4to. 1672.-^ This Pfay by Mrs CentUvre in her Bu^ 

lus becipk but feldom aded (ince Bcd^^-^Hircanid't Wi(t catching 

its firft Run> and indeed, altho* him with BalHngautta^ is built on * 

there are fine Things in it, it is the Story o£Smratcs and his Wife 

Bot equal to the Author of the Mirto, in the Lovct of great . 

Country Wife and Plain- Denier » Men, p. 59. and Trivuhio't &m- 

< Lots in a Wooi>» or the ing to-beit BeiUturanna is ground* 

Ctnmry Sfnire* Com. by C J. ed onB^cace, Day. 7. Nov. 7. 

' (Oil^ Jacth) without Date. — The Scene lies in Venice^ -— -; 

This Piece was never a£led> and t'rom the Charafler of Scrntinio^ 

was compofed by the Author in Mrs. Centlivre feems to have'bor* 

three or four Days, and at a Time rowed the Hint of her Marplot^ 

wheQ he was wholly unacquainc- which however ihe has greatly 

«d with the Stage or dramatic improvM and heightened. 

Writings. Lovz lixs a Blexdivc» 

Lovx IN Fashion. Vid. A- Vid, Pjiilastzr. 

MOteus Gallant. , Lovft i.osT/ in thx Dark.. 

LoTX IN its £xtast, or Vid, Muss or Nxw Mar- 

the Large Prerogntive, Dramatic jcrt. 

Paftoral, by Pr^, 4to. 7649. -<- Lovz makes a Man, or 

This.Piece was compofed by the the Fcfs Fortune, Com. byC 0^- 

Author when a Student it Eton, ber^ 4to. 1698. —^A^cd at 

' Icing then only feventeen Yean Lincoln S'Inn-Fieidi Theatre with 

of Age, hut was never a£ied, and great Succcfs, and continues ftill 

lie t printed till many Years after, to give great Pleafure whenever it 

•--Scene Lf^^rvi. makes its Appearance. ——Ihe 

Lovx in low LiPK. Vid* Plot of it is taken partly from 

Pxxss Gang* Beaumont and Fletcher i Cufiom of 

Lovx inRvins.^J Fa^-al the Country, and partly from the 

Di9covxRT« £lder Brother ofths fame Authors.. 

Lovx IN sxvxR^L Masks. -^There a^ numberlefs Abfur- 

Com. by H, Fioiding, 8vo. 1727. dities and even Imp6flibilitie» 

a£ted at the Thcat. Royal, in Dr, in the Condu^l of the Piece, yet 

I ane, the Sprightlineis ii^ the Chara^er 

Lovx IN Tears. yid.Hy- ofdodio, the manly Tenderneit 

yiRMNKSTRA. and O^nnefs dCarlos, and the 

Lovx IN THX Dark, w the entertaining Teftinefs of Don 

Man of Bufnefi, Com* by Sir Choleric, form fo pleafing a Mix- 

fra, Fnne, 4to. 167^. This is a tufe of comic Humour as would 

iufy and entertaining Comedy, -at|one for even gieater Faults than 

yet is the Plot borrowed from va- arc to be found in this Piece. 

fioQS Novels. The Affair of Lovx Makxs a PaIntxk. 

Cott^t S^hsa and Parthflh being Vid, SICILIA^. 

-ffMB J!fdmen*s I/ivjfihle Mifixtp* Lovx 0F^M4Powi.Puf,Bfs&<»v 


Love only foe Lovi*s The Lover*s Pbogre»9. 
Sake, yitl, Qu'eree per soi. Tragi - Com. by Bcaumtmt and 
Qw E K E R . Fletcher, Fol. 1 679 . — The Plot 

The LovEi. Com. by Tbeo, of this Play is founded on a 
Ghh€r,%vo, 1733*^ AAed at the Frencb Komznce, czUcd Lifandir 
Th. in Dr, Lane with no great and Califia, written by M. Dau" 
Succefs, yet is far from being a diguier^ and the Scene is laid in 
bad Pl^* -^ It is dedicated to his France, 

firft Wife Mrs. Jam Ghher, to Love\s Advent vres. Com. 
whofe Performance in it, he mo- in two Parts, by the Dutchels of 
deAly attributes what Approba- Newcaftle, Foi. 1662. 
tion it did meet .with. Lovers a Jest. Com. by 

Love restored, in a Mafq. P. Motteux, 410. 1696. Thit 
at Court, by Gentlemen the Piece was a£ted with Succeis at*8 Servants, by Sen Jonjon^ the Theatre in Little Linctlni" 
FoL 1640. Inn-Tields, — In the two Scenes in 

Lover his own Rival, which Love is made a JeA, the 
Vid, Mad Captain. Author has introduced many Paf- 

The LovER*s Cure. Com. fages from the /ra///7n W/iters.—* 

by A» Cbaves, 1700. A Play The Scene is laid in Hertford/hire, 

whofe Author feems to have been ' The Time of Aibon from 

of po very great Account, Hnce Noon to Night. 
he could find no be* ter a Patron Love's a Lottery, and 
to dedicate it to than Sir H^m, a Woman the Prize. Com. - 
Ready the Mountebank. hy Jof: Harrit, 4to. 1^99. — The 

Lovers Luck. Com by Scene London, '-^'Vo this Piece is 
no, Dilke, 4to. 1 696. — This annexed a Mafque, entitled Love 
Play was a£ted at Little Lincoln" t- and Riches rtconcird, which I fup> 
/ni7-FiVA/i, with general Applaufe, pofe was performed with it in 
tho* moft of the Characters are Littk Lincoln i-ImfFieldi, 
but Copies $ particularly Sir iV/- Love's Con<^uest. Fid, 
cholas Purfiw, from the Antivua' Adultery. 
rfofA^rmion,2n6Goofandelotrom Love*s Contrivance, or 
Crown* t S^t ^urtk^ and SirGro. Le Medecin ma^e tut. Com. by 
Ethere^e''sSlrFopley Flutter, ^^■'^ Mrs. Cent hwe, 4X0, 1703.— -This 
The Scene lies in London, is almoft a Tranilation of Mo' 

The Lover *s Me l a n c h o- /iVr«*s Comedy of the laft of thefe 
lt. Tr;gi«Com. by John Ford, two Titles, with only an Enlarge- 
4to. 1629.—- This Play is highly ment of the Plot and Chaza^en. 
commended in fqur Copies of —The Scene London, 
Verfes bv Friends of the Author, Love*8 Convert* Ftd, 
and he has himfelf greatly em- Siege. 

bflUihed it by an apt Introdac- Love*s Cruelty. Trag. 
tion of fevcral Fancies from other by Ja. Shirley, 410. i640.*«>The 
Writers, patticularly the Story of Concealment of Hippolito and 
the Contention between the Mu« Cbariana*% Adultery from her Ser- 
fician and the Nightingale, from vant thro* the Conti^vance of her 
Stradd*s Prolufions, and the De- Huiband Bellemonte, is taken from 
fcription and Definition of Me- ' Q,^ Margaret*% Novels, Day 4. 
!anchol]r> irouk SttHen^s Atetmj^ Nov. 6. %nACyntbU\ ticctttvutbi^ 
ifMflmhj^t Dec. 3, ygv»t* 



Levi's Cure, or-thc Martial (cntation^ yet U is To very rcgn- 

Maid, Com. by Btaumont «n4 hr, that the Author boafts of 

TkUher, Fol. 1679.— The Scene All the Rules of Time and Plaee 

Seiuille, • being fo tt^€t\y obferved^ that 

' L«>VE** DoMiKioK. ^ dra- whilft for Time *tis comprized in 

matic Piece, by Rich* Flecknoc, as few Hours as there are Afts j 

8vo. 1654.— It is faid in theTi- — for Place it never goes out of 

tie Page to have been written as the View, or Pjofpcft of Love's 

■a Pattern for the Reformed Stage, 7>l»^/(f*— The Scene is laid in 

and to be foil of excellent Mora- Cyprus. 

lity. — The Scene lies zX. Ama- Lovi's Labours lost. 

tbaute in Gi/>rw.T-The Time on- Com. by ff^, Sbakejpeare, 4to. 

ly from Hforning till Night. i^^g.^—This is one of thofc 

The LovE-sicK Court^ *or Pieces which confift of fych s 

the Ambitious Politic, Comt hy Mixture of Irregularities and 

Rich, Br§me, 8vo. 1658 / Of Beauties, fuch a Che^uerwork of 

this play a Diftich in the Title Faults and Perfedlions, as have 

iheWs us, that the Author him- occaiioned fome to fufpe^l it not 

felf had a very modeil and hum- to be the Work of this Author j 

ble Opinion. — ^Thc Scene lies in yet^ as Theobald^ (whom I can- 

'Xhejfaly, not help confidering as the moft 

The L0VS-8ICK KiNC. An judicious and beft acquainted with 

Englifh Tragical Hiftory, with Sbakefpear*z Manner, of all the • 

the Life and Death o^Cartefmun- Editors through whofe Hands his 

da, the fair Nun of Winchefter'. Works have pafs'd) has thought 

by Antb» Brewer, 4to. 1655.— proper to let it keep its P^ace ^- 

The Hiftorical Part of the Plot is mong his Works, I have on that 

founded on the Invafion of the Authority iix*d his Name to it in 

* Danes in the Reigns of K. Ethel- this Place. — It is written fbx the 

rid and Alfred (on which alfo the moft Part in Rhime, which, tq- 

Mafque of Alfred is tuilt) and gether with the Turn for X^ib- 

which may be feen in the Writers ble, that was fo much the Fafiiion 

on the Englijh Affairs Of that of th£ Time, that Shakefpeare 

Time. — ^The Scene lies in Eng-- has himfelf hinted at it in one of 

land.-^Thh Play was revived at his beft plays, where he makes 

the King's Theatre, and printed hiz Hamlet fay, *' fVe mufi ^eak 

9gaia in 1680, under the new by the Car J, or Efuivocatioh will 

Title of the P«r/»rV iVira. umb us,*' are its principal 

LovE*s Kjngdom. a Paf- Faults, yet through thefe the 

tocal Tragi-Com. by R» Flecknoe, real Spirit of drainatic Genius 

8vo. 1674. — ^Not as it was a^«i (een^s to |hine, th<e Sprightlinefs 

at the Theatre m2x, Lincoln* s-Jnu^ .of BirotCz Character heiog ini- 

Fields, btit as it was written aM -mitab^y fupportad, ajid^the Con- 

11 nee corrected ; with a fhort du^ of his two Friends and their 

Ti;eatife on the Englijb Stage, Inamoratas £nely conducted for 

&c. This is little more than bringing on the prjincipal Defig|i> 

Lo%/e*s Dominion, alter*d by its and working up the Plot to its 

AQthor, with Ihe Addition of a Height. — Tkt Sceae lies tn the 

jfeiv Tie/e.— It was broi^gh^ on King of Navarre* ^ Pa^e^ Vid 

the Stage, hut h»d the Mi^for* tKe Country toxxti^ Vx.. 

time ito mifcmy ux thcilcpr> LoNi:%\*K*^Vn*ii8i^ w*^ 

L O . L O 

ityal Sbepberdtfu Tragi-Com. ** nary Ltiftre to «very Ad, nay 

,hy77fo, F^dg, 8vo. 1660. — It is <* altnoft to every Scene, by hU 
uncertaii:^ Whether this Play was " excellent Inventions j upon e- 
ever a^ed or not. — Part of it " very Occalion changing the 

. however is bprrowed from Go- ** Stage to the Admiration of aH 
nur/al't Tragedy of Sforxa Vxike •* the Spcaators." — The Defigo 
bf Af/'^if.-— Scene in Arcadia, of the Plot is borrowed from ^ir- 

Lovx's LA«T Shift, or the kius's Golden AJu-'-^Afulaui and - 
F09I in Fajbion, Com. by C. Mydai beginning the Play, v and 
(fibber, 4to. 16 96.-^ As this Play clofmg every Aft. by Way of * 
was the £rft Attempt this Gen- • Chorus» 

tleman made as an Author, io Lovxs of Abklakd and 
was the Peiiformancc of the Part Hkloise. Fid, Preceytok. 
of Sir Novelty Fajhion in it the -The Lt>vEs of Esgasto, A 
Means of eftabliihing his Repu- Pafloral, reprefented at the Ope*i 
tation as an Aftor, in both which ning of the Queen*s Theatre in 
Lights he for many Yeats after*- the Haymarket, — Composed by . 
wards contiiiued a glittering Or- Sx%mox Giac(,rhoGreher,^xxi,i'jo^. 
sament to the Englijb Stage. — —The Scene Arcadia,' 
The Plot of it is origuial ) yet is The Lotes of Mars and 
there, fome Degree of Improba- Venus. A Playfet to Mufic, 
bility in Lovtifi'% not kiiowiDg t>y P. Motttuxj in three A£k&t 
his own Wife after a veiy few 4to. 16971?— Tht Author in hit 
Veai? Abience from her$ how- Preface owns the Story to be 
evdr> this little Fault it made from O1//W, and that he has in- 
.ample Amends for by the Beauty tioduced a Dance of Cpc/i^ which 
of the Incident, and the admiiop bean a Reiemblance to, yet it 
>le Moral deducM from it. very different from, Mr. Sbad* 

Lovs.*s LoADtTOMX. Vtd. weWt Ffycbty whidi he iays it 
Patjiomachia. borrowed afanoft •oerbatim fron^ 

Love's Metamoepro$I9. Moliere, who in his Turn took 

• by John Lyiyy 4to. 1601.; — Firflf his from an old Italian Opera, 
^lay'd by the (^hildren of F^uV9^ called Le Noxxe degli /)«.—* 

.and now by the Children of the The Prologue or Introduction and 
Chappcl. the firft A€i are fet to Mafic by 

.Love's Mistkcss, or the Mr. Finger, and the fecond and 
S^een"^ Mafjue, by T. Heymood^ third Afts by Mr, 3*. Eccles.-y 
4to. 1636.— This Play was three It was written to be inferted in 
Times prelented before both their Ravenfcroft^s jAnatmifiy and was 
MajeHies, within the Space cf afterguards reprinted as a£ted with 
ei^t Days, in the Prefence of it, 8vo. 17x1. Vid, AmatOi 
fuodry foreign Ambailadors, be. mist. 

^dQ being publickly adled at the L v x s of Oe o ond ATEt 
Fbvemx in i)r. Lane, — " When and Statira. Vid, Rival 
" this Play came the fecond Kings. 

« Time to the Royal View, (the Loves of the Deities. 
'< Author tells us) her gracious Vid, Cynthia and £ndy- 
** Majefiy then entertaining his mion. 

'' Highnefs at Denmark Houfe Lovs*6 Paradise. Vid, 
" m>on his -Biith-DBy, Mr. GnovE. 
f /Mfjgv^ffffot ptve an CEtnwrdi- l.oir»'aPii.iiiLiVLKQi.. ^<^^* 

L O ^^ 

ky Bisumota and Flefeber, FoL MaAj^ at Cooit, 1630; by his 

Ȥ79, -^ The Foundation of this Majefty Kin^Xharks 1. with the 

May is built on a Novel of Ctr^ Lorda and <3rentlttnen aflHBng.— ' 

nmntfSf called rAe rwo Damfiis. — The Werdf <if this Piece were 

The Scene in the firft Adl be- by Ben Jwfin, the Decoratioiit • 

tween Dtegc the Hoft of Offttna, of the Scene by Ipitgo yones,'-^i%, 

and Lof&mrt his OfUer ii ftokn^ wils -printed in Fol. -1641. 

•r ««lher boiroMred from ^f» ^»- Loy e's Vi c t tm j or «be i^cM 

^*< iVw //m, fince it is not im- ^ tfales, Trag. hj €hs, Gti- 

probable, as^ thtt^ Playntifcafricd don^ 4to.- 1701. — Aflicd at the 
in the Action, that Tipw/bfv migiit' Theatre in Lincoln* s^Jnn-Fitlds, 

■ five them fais ConMxi to make but Wtthtmt 'Succeis. - 

trfedTit. Lov«'k Victor T. Tragi- 

Lo<vz's Rt«i>Li. A Paftoral -Com. by H^m. Ckamherhin, 4to. 

Comedy, by ^r. Cowhf, 4tbl ^"6$*. — This Play was written 

*^33« — ^The Plot of this Play, as during the Troubles of the Ci- 

.wellas of aH this.Author'^ dra- vil Wars, and 'intended by 

raatic Pieoes, is entirely ori^nsd ^t Author to have hten «Aed^ 

and unborrowVi; and altho' per- liad ;not tfa^ Powers then in Be- 

hape it is not to be looked on gs in|gfapprers*d(lte Stage, ofi which 

-a ^ttt Rate Performance, yet. Account he was oblbjedto con* 

i#hen iC'is coittfidered that it-was 4ent hxalt&i ifvich bmy 'printijiqg 

written whHe die Aiftlior was i| !t,«^Jfelhfc Year «67«, 4iowew, 

Xa^IT^ fiehoKr at W^hmWfkr it mad^ #t9 <Way to the ^kagejt 

Slabbed, GandoarflMiy the allowed wiffa fomo Alterttioas, oithdk'by 

Aot oiily to let -it ^jmIs -vooeikfured, ^Att Author^ or fome otber Per- 

but eyen to be ft ow ■ f ome ^taatHf 'fth> under Allele of ifH* M 

Oommen^ffion it, -efye^Mfy as ^y the Noje^ or A iP9«f*« finwi^. 

the Author kax^tM' in <his Dedi- «-Scene iSmAVr. 

Cfrtion apologizes 'for k as -a puer-' Lovi's Welcoite, hy Sm 

He Piece of Work. yot^/hn, ¥o\, i64^.-7-Thi8 is far- 

LoYs*s SaceIfice. Trag. Wicr ;entitled, The King and' 

by yoi^ For/, Ato. 1633.— This C^e^n's Entertainment' at J&a/^ 

Play wi^s gener^y v^sll recsivett /««^> at the iSart of Newcfffik^^, 

V^ has a complimentary Copy of the 30th of J«^f 1^34* 

Verfes preifixed to it by Mr. Ja* Love t« e best Phy«i- 

^'>ty.-rThc Scene lies in Fa- ci an. Com. by 0!8«tf,— The Li- 

•»• ' teralTranflationofAfo//>re*iXr'^7 

Lovers ths pRysiciAN. nrnvr Muiecin, not intended foir 

JfHd, Quacks. ' the Stage. 

IiovPsTftiVMPii, brfj&rJSo^- Love the Cause aw» 

ol Union, Trag. by Edw. Cooke, Ctr^ of Oexvcf. A rural 

— *This Play i?wrftten in Heroic Tragedy, of three Adt, -by ^%o» 

Verfe.— Thc^Wtt isirom the ee- Qoke, 8vo. 17431 Aa«d at ^Pw- 

lebrated Romance of Cajandr^, ry- Lane Theatre, but jiiftl^ 

Part 5. * Book 4. and the Scene damnM. 

plac*d in the Palace of j^tf Mat |*ove the <^tjRE of all 

Balyion,'^U never; howdver, ap- Worn s . Vid^ Mou r Ufv l N u p - 

pea? d on the -Stage. tials. 

Love*sTrivmph through' Love Tricks, ortbe St^lof 

CALtxroxxt. Performed 4fi a Com^imems, Com, hy y a. Shir- 


ky, 4to. t6;}f.-**4n an Edltsonof with Tome Mifceliany Poenft, -^' 

thi« Pity under the laft Title only. The Pldt of it is founded on the~ 

the Aathor in a Prologue dechiics^ Judgment of Parh, 

this to he tbfe Firfi Fruitr of bis LovB will find out tk* 

Mufe, and that he meant MS to Way. Com. Anonym. 410*. 

jToear bimjeif s Fafhr to the Scene, 1 66 1 , 

—-Yet flie Succefs this ifl^ At- Lovb without Interest^ 

te^npt met with, probably induced or the Man too hard for the Mafttr, 

him to change this Interrtlony and Com; 4(0. ^699. -—Who was the 

dc\M>te himfelf a very induArious Author of this Piece I know not,, 

one, as the Multitude, of Plays hut the Dedication is fubfcribed 

he afterwards wrt>te» ftiflkiefttly by Peniethman, and is dirtfdled to 

evince him to have been. fix Lords, fix Knights, and twen«. 

Love Trivm^hant, or Ak- ty-four ££|uire8, yet notwith- 

ttrre Vfill frevaii, Tragi-C6m. by ftanding this great Patronage it 

J. Dry Jen, 4ta. 1694.— *— This met with very little Succeis, on 

Piece is the laft Dryden ¥y<^« for its Appearance at the Theatre 

the Stage, and ahho* it did not Royal. 

meet wifh the Succefs that n^ft The LovrNQ Enemies. C. 

of his Plays had beeii indulg*d by L, MaidweJl, 4to. i6S<>.~»The 

with, yet it muft be acknowled- Epilogue of this Play was written 

ged that in feveral Parts of it the by ShaJweiij from whofe FirtuofB 

Cenius of that great Man breaks the original Hint of this Comedy 

forth, efpecially in the Difcovery feems to have been derived ; t|ie 

. oT^f^i&off/o's vidlorioQS Love* and Part of Circumftantio bearing •• 

in the very laft Scene, the Cataf- great RefemblaDce to the Hu« 

trophe of wbkh is extremely afl%£l- mour of Sir Formal Trifle, as may 

ing, natwithftindrng that it is«ompanngtheDeicrip- 

broQght about, contrary to the Hon of the Magpies fucking a 

Rules tiArifimky by a Changeof Hen^s Egg, In the fourth A£l of 

Will in Varamond,-^Tht Plot of this Play, with that of the Moufi 

Happearb to be founded on the taikenin aTrap^ towatds the End 

Story of Fkteber'^5 King and no of the third a^ ti the Viwtuofo,^-* 

King } at learft on the'Corre^ioAt The Scene is laid in Florence, 

of the Fable of that Play, made Low Life above Stairs; 

by ^mtr in hh Refle^ons on Farce. Anonym. Svo. 1759.*— — <• 

the Tragedies of the laft Age. — ^ This was never a£led, nor intend^ 

At the Bnd of this Play is added ed fortheStage, biiconly a wretch- 

a Dialogue and fecular Maf(}ue> ed Cateh^Pcnny for the ielling a 

tegetlier with a IVologue and £•» Pennyworth of hlotted Paper for a 

pilogae^ as performed and ^kea Shillhig, encouraged by the grestt 

at the Revival oi Beaumont and S^x^& ef Higb Life helow Stain, 

Fbtcber'i Pi/grim, — The |:eiienil which fee in its Place. 

TurA of boS^ being a Jevtre Sa* . The Loyal Brother, or the 
^e on Sir RirJh, Biadkmtte. - Pttfan Prince, Trag. by: Tho, 

LovB trivmpkant, or #^ Se^tbern, 4X0, i68a. — This was 

Riinul Qoddefis, by D. Sakaty, wir A«€hdr*c firft l*lay. —.The 

fcn. 9itA }uji. Svi». 174^* — This Plat of it Is take* (wm a Novel 

was nevm a^ed, b«t is one of the called Taebmas Prime «f Perfiaj^^ 

f*i6efl» paUIAied lA Cdnetxt bjf The Pralogoe «id Epilogue are 

^MCe t^ 4te«MMej|y t«tilbtr wiitfim i^X^c^.^i^^'TlKSceae 


L U L U 


U«s at Ifpaban in Perfux. this Piece, as Mr« Prier did the 

The Loyal Brothi*, or Epilogue.^— The Scene lies in the 

the Rfvenger^s tragedyt by Cyril Capital of yifuitaine, 
To*r;»«rr.— This Play, under the' Lucius JwNfus Brutus, 

iecond Title only, was printed Father of his Country. Trag. 

in 4to. 1608. — At fundry TimeSi by JNatb, Lee, 4to. 1681. — This 

adcd by the King's Servants.— is Ti very fine Play, being full of 

The Scene Italy, great Manljt . Spirit, Force and 

Loyal Favourite. Fid* Vigour, with h% of the Bomba/^ 

Ambitious Statesman. than frequently runs thro* thiff 

The LovAL Ge> Tr. Author's Works, — The Plot of 

'by N,.Tatet 4to. 1680.— A£ted it is jpartly from the real Hifto- 

at the Duke*6 Theatre. ries oi Florus, Livy, Dienyfi Ha» 

The Loyal Lovers. Tragi- lie. Sec, and partly from the Fic- 

Com. by Cofmo Manucbe, 4to. tions in the Romance of CUIia, 

1^51.— The Author in this Play — The Scene between l^ndicius 

has feverely la&ed the old Com- and the elder Brutus Teems to bear 

mittee-Men and their Informers a great Refemblancc to that be- 

in the Pcrfons of Grlpeman and twecn Hamlet and Polotiius.-^The 

Sodom^-^And LattgSaltie ventures Scene lies in Rome, 
a Surmife that under the Cha- Lucius Junius Brutus. 

tiQicn of Pia/iaticus iud Ffyhlow Trag. by Mr. Duncombe, 8vo. 

he has meant to expofe an Ad- 1735. — This 'Play wa&not a^ed, 

'venture of the famous Hugh Pe- and is only a Translation of the 

tert, with a Butcher's Wife of Brutui of Voltaire, • . 

St. A^^w/fif/'/x, with his Revenge Lucius Verus, Em^ror^^ 

thereon; obferving at the fame Rome, An O^era, Svp. 1727.— 

Time that if his Conjecture i« This was performed at th^ Thea. 

right, it is but a Piece of Juilice in the iftfyawr^tr.— — The Mufic 

that Peters ihould find himfelf coropofed by Signior AtitUo Ari- 

perfonated on the Stage, who ojlo. — ^The HiAorical Foundations 

had fo frequently ridicul'd 0- of this Drama are to be met with 

thers when he a^ed the Clown's in Julius. Capitolinus , Eutropius 

Part in Sbakejpeare*i Company of and other Authors. — The Scene 

Comedians. is plac'd in Epbefus, 

Loyal Subject. ^4/. Roy- The Lucky Chance, ot an 

al King. Alderman's Bargain, By Mrs. 

Lucius, tbejirfi Chriftian King Bebn, 4to, 1687. This Play 

«/* Britain. Trag* by Mrs^ Man- was greatly exclaimed againft by 
ley, 4tb. 1 717.— -This Play is the Critic* of »hat Time, w£ofe 
founded on the legendary Ac- Obje£Uons the Author has en- 
counts of this Monarch, 'given deavour'd to obviate in .her Pre- 
• by the Mookiih Writers, im- face.— —The Crime laid to her 
proved with a confiderable Share Charge was Indecency and an In- 
of agreeable Fiction of her own. trigue .bordering both in Action 
—It met with good Succeis, and and Language on Obfcurity.— - 
is dedicated to Sir Rick, Steele, From this (he has vijidicateiher- 
who, altho* {he had formerly a (elf, if retorting the Accufatioo 
bo fed him in xhs Atalantis, was on others, aiid. proving iierfelf 
now (6 well reconcird to her, oni^ %M3^t^ in a lefler Degree than 
dut he wrote the Piologiie to gvlkuy^Vk^VMa^yioit^WT^^^ 


be eileemM a Vixidication.-^B}it Lust's Dominion, w thf 

m fliort, the beft Excufe that Lafeivioui S^een. Trag. by Cbri/l'' 

can be made for her, is the Marloe, 8vo. 1657.— This is 

faAionable Licentioufnefs of the very far from being a bad Play in 

Time fhe wrote in, when the itfelf; but was afterwards altered 

bare-faced Intrigue of a Cour^ by Mrs. Bebn, and a£ted under 

and Nation of Gallantry, ren- the Title of Abdelazxtr^ or the 

der'd thofe Things apparently Moor^i Revenge, which fee in its 

chafle and decent, which would proper Place. 

at this Time be hifs'd off the Lusty Juvintus. An In- 

Stage as obfcene and immoral.^— terlude, by /?, Waver, 4to. I56i«" 

As to the Plot, ' it is for the ^^.^^Coxeterf in Oppofifion to alj 

moft Part original, excepting only ^ the Writers, fpdls his Name" 

the Incident of G^MtfR*s enjoying Weaver^ 

"L^L^j FuUbankf and taking her. • Lyak, Vid* MistakztC 

for the Devil, which is copied BrAurir. 

from Kichjhmo and ^retina in Lyfe op Cambysks. Vid, 

the hady of Pieafure, by Shirley, Cambyses. 

—The Scene I,««</o». The Lying Lovers, or tbc 

The Lucky- Discovery, Ladies' Friendjhip, Com. by Sir ' 

or the Tantier of York, A Ballad Rich. Steele, 4to. 1704. — As thi? 

Opera, Anonym. 1738. Author borrowed Part of all hia 

Lucky Extravagant. Plots from other Authors^ ifc i« 

Fid. Sham Lawyer. not at all to be wondered at if we- 

The Luci^y Prodigal, or find that to be the Cafe with this 

fFit at a Pincb, Com. of two Piece among the reft, the main 

A^s, l2mo. 1715. — Acted at Groundwork of the Defign being 

the Theatre in Lincoln's -Inn- taken from the Menteur of P. 

fields, Corneille, the Characters of Old 

Lucky younger Bro- and Toung Bookwit from the Ge^ 

THER. yid» Beau nEEXAT- ronfe and Z)firtf«f< of that Piece, 

ED. and - many of the Incidents very 

Lu Mil? alia, or the Feftival clofely copied. — ^HowfarSir/?/V^^ 

•f Light, 4to. 1627. — Presented ard has fallen ihort of, or im- 

^n a Mafc^ue at Court, by the proved on his Original, is a Point 

,Slmoen^i Majefty and her Ladies that I fhall not take on me in 

on Shrove TueJdayU'ight, 1637. this* Place to determine, but fliall 

At her Majefty's Command only obferve that I do not thinic 

the celebrated Jnigo Jones, who it by any Means equal to any one 

was at that Time Surveyor of the of his other Plays. 

'Board' of Works, took on- him- The Lying Valet. Farce, 

fclf the Contrivance of Machinery in two Aft-, by />. Garrick, 8vo, 

for this Mafque, the Invention 1740. — This little Piece made 

©f which confifted principally in its fiift Appearance at the Thea. 

the prefenting Light and Dark- in Goodman s- Fields ^ buttheAu- 

w/i; A'r'ifijr reprefentirg the Ami- thor foon quitting that Place for 

Mafque. or Iniroduftion, and the the Thcate Royal in Drury^, ^ 

Subjeft of the Main -Mafque be- brought his Farce with him, 

ing Light* which was there afted with great 

The LyKATiCK. CoBl. of and defervedApplavfc.— Swi\^<i5r 

^ce A&s, 4to» ijo^, the Nibblers in Cuudfev V^^t 


charge thk PifCf as hung, hat- Ly^wsaV Mitcir. Ftd, 

towed irom fome F/wobCone* C«i,a*sFvsy. 

dy } bctt as Ihawe never jet beard 

the Tide of the fiippoTed Origi- 

iwl acnti oned j | ea«»ot yeoid, ————————— 

as far as to the Estent of jx^ 

•wo Knowled^ acfviei^g the M 
Author fcom this Acoratum,— 
A Charge y however » whkfa^ 

wherever hud, I am ever apt to |h^Ac»XT]f:« Teag. hf9K 

i'urpeaasratherthe3Meftaf£j»- iVJL SM^fv^ 4C0, iio4« 

vy, than of a Love of JuAioc or — Tbu Pky is extvenely irvegw* 

the PabliCf as k has ever heca ler* every Oae of the Ralei el 

the Pmaice of the very beft Wn- the Drwua hw^ end»!y and tt- 

te» in ail Ages and Nctbas to pcatedlgr broken ia upon.— Yer, 

make Ufe of valuable. Hints in notiwithflandini^ it coatatM an 

the Works of their M^igbbours, lafinky of Bemtiea, both wi^ 

ior the Ufe and Advantage of Re%ed to Language, Charaaer, 

thoic of their Countrymen, to Paflion and Inadenc.— The In« 

whom thofe Works may not be cantations of the Witches are 

lb familiar as to theoifelves.— o%iud, if not fiiyerior, to the 

No Man ki has Seaies wotiU, I Canidia ofStnue/^Tht Ufe th» 

think, ctuarrel With a Bas Nafi" Antbor has made of B^fnpn't 

giy, becanfis ibme of the moft Ghoft towaads tike heightnin; 

beautiftil Fkni#era in tt happened the akeady beate^ fara^nation 

to hMre been gathcKd In a neigh- of BfaeMk, n inimitably Aie.— 

bowing Covntry ; nor is the Ltdy J£iriiA&dxfeoveeingherown 

World mvch ieis obliged to the Ciiaies in her Sloep, is perfedtly 

Peifon who favours k with » original and admirably cond«fted« 

good TrsMiOatidn of a good An- ^^Meuiteb^s Selttoquiea both be- 

thor, than to that Author hmb- ~£n« ami after the Mmder, are 

ielf, or one df e^ai BieeUeacn M^er - Pieces of unmatchable 

at Hoaie.— Intseating Pacdon^ Wnting $ while hk Keatfiaefs 

however, for thk finidl IHgref- of heiag deluded at firft by die 

fion, I ihall now proceed to dm Wkches, and hk De^eration on 

little dramatk Wosk ander Con- the Difcovery of the £ital Am- 

ideration, whkh, whether Ost* ^iguity and L06 of ^INope front 

final, Tmnflalion or Cepy^ hm iiipenuttaral Predi^ons, produce 

nndoahtedlygifeat Merit, sf.Cha^ a Cataftrophe truly juH, and 

rader. Plot, Incident, and n formM with the ntnftoft Judg- 

|t,ank of XKAxon weH adi^pted ment.— —^n a Word, notvnth* 

to ^ofe CharaCbem, caa give h ftaading all ita Inegulao^es, k 

a )ttft Title to the Praife I k certain one of the beft Pieoe« 

have haftowed on zt. — — >Nor af the mtf beft Mafter in thit 

can there be ftmnger Evidence Kind of Writing that the Woi^hl 

hosne to in Deferts, tban tbat over pmduccd.— »— The Pkt k 

Approbalaon which cmifbatl|r at- fonnded on the Soottiih Ntieily^ 

tends on itthi^ghthe numerooe mmI may be traced in the Wri* 

BLMOtitioos of j^efCS^ 9oa£M at tings of Heffer Boethiut, Bwtba^ 

iMi Thuath Ma, HtMittg/kBd, ftc. in Hey- 



mmJti BUrwntyrfAi^i andm e^r Comedo. For Tniaiic^ 

lii€ Mt Bodk oe H^UC^M- the Obanaer of Sr uJMvr (Mtf. ' 

grmpty. The ctHOK, Story ftt Lovt is s plstn C^j of l^«r»w 

tafge, howewer, ceMeAed from in the Aiihqtuay 3 as is tUb xSm 

tboA an, is tol>e feen ia » Woric Jincitoit of Zeehid*i cree^ng in- 

m tbrcc y«i. tlBo. entfd^ to the Tavcra BoA^ and Tiifaonr^e 

SMu^Mure iBufhrmtdy Vol. L— < being dmnk vader it, &c. of the 

The Scene in the End of ^>e Scene ^ Sir JUorraKV Lmmard 

tfsortii Aa lies ta fif^tof/.— -^ and Ph^meBy m tfie JF«Ar ^ . 

Thi[a«gh all the reft of the Play JJingnm and Hig^/am.— *— Them 

is SctStmdj and duefly s(t JdiM- are aUb feveral I&its in it bor> 

mttJt^9 CafSe at Mvttwfsm vowed rimq hStrvtt^t WtnoH* •<■« 

Sir |K iXrvcMMf idtered this T1»e Scene » fad in Cnvtmm 

Plsf, and added tvmA new Crmim. 

8ottgs««-It was perfmned at the The Mad ChrtAXfty or nk 

Tbntte Koyal in i)ntry Lam do- l,over kit cvm lUtmi, Com. by 

^inf Ilia Mnoagemcot, and piint- Mr* hmgfori^ f 73i.-»-I know 
ndin^lo. 1^4.— This Aker»i^ -not that this Piece wm {crer 

lion is hy DO Means oqvalto ^ aftM. ' 

4>rigiBaij yet on Account of the The Mab Cavt Alir* Openly 

Midfe, wliidi ss entitely Aa^. Aaoaym« 8vo. >733.««i- •Kerer 

Wag c ei | B f e J by Mr. hnkt^ it aOed. 

It ttl toy ftefvently fciAiu a eJ Mad C«v»z.x. J^ All 

"•f nor Th eUKi iaftead ef ilie Mistaxin. 

€M9iMat The Mad Coorts wfeLL ' 

Ctee Mr. £ji^ aa A€Ur fce* matched. Com. hjrUidb.^rome, 

iaagiog ta the ZMtiUrgh Tlseat, Ira. i654.-^ntt8 Play met with 

flU» took on hiniidf ta piMii good SucGefey and was rerivc^ 

afi aksacd Sdi«i«a ef ^ii Play in with fbne very ttivial Alteratioof 

that Cinr, ia two. iy53.— Ait ^ Mrs. Brihr^ nader the Tide 

-in that Edktoa the giaabeft Ho- at the Bebaudutt or r^ ertdtthu 

«Ourl cotald Aow, wonld be to OtdtM, mad r eptiitt c d in 4X0* 

iet it 4top in Oblivion, and fiak 1677* 

in the OMcnrity it role from. Ttt Mad • novss. Com* 

Madam FicicLa, or tkt Anonym, and wHiiottt Date.-^ 
JTiity F^fi Cite. Coai. by Tb; Whether erer afted or not I can- 
Drntfefy 4110, t^Tyt-^Thas Au- not trace, nor any Thing farther 
thor, MdK>r in Regard both of conoemiRg it than its being men- 
Plot and Charaftcr, was certainly tioned in the Britijb Tbeam t- 
«nc of Hie greateft Pbg^aies that nkiAg die PHiblications fince the 
crer eaiftod, has frefoted to this Year lyoo. 
Play a Motto from Hofm^^ vie. The Mad Levi a* Tragi- 
Nou tmtvis Homini ttnttngk ^tdire Com. by Btaumont and fletcber, 
Ctmuktmf which Lm^iiim has Fol. 1679. — This Play is parti- 
humeuroafly enoagh expluned to cularly commended by^.Sir Afion 
imply, ** Ihat he ctM naf write C^ekain, in his Copy of Verfes on 
** a PUy noiib9ut fieetKngJ**^ At Fletcher'^ Phiys.— The Scene lies 
leaft, however, he has given no ^xPetpboi, — ThePlotofCZn»ffi&«*s 
IVaof to the contrary of fiich Ex- faboming the Prieft to ^ve a 
planation in the Piece before «s, falfe Oiude in ¥vtQ\xi kA Vtx 
which /# w^Uy m»4€ ap ftQm Brodier Sy*ha9e> t»Vm^^tt«tcv 



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t^t Story of" Mun€lii$ znAPauffna, whofe Writings indeed breathe 

,in Jofepbui, Book i^* Ch. 4. iuch a Spirit of Liberty, and have 

Mao RsroRMSR. Vid, contracted fuch a Refemblance to 

F£i6N*o Friendship. the Manners of the Eng/ijb AU' 

Madrigal AND Trull ET- thors, from the Author*s Fond- 

TA. A Mock Tragedy, 8vo. nefs to this Nation, in Confe- 

5758. — This Piece wa» writtea . quence of the Civilities hc^ft- 

byotieMr.l?<«^, a Gentleman who ceived during his Refidence in 

has favoured the Town fmce with thefe Kingdoms, that they feem 

a Farce called the Rtglfter-Offtce, better adapted to fucceed on the 

of which fee more in its Place. — - Englijh Stage without much Al- 

It wis performed at the Theatre teratio;i, than thofe of any oth^ 

.Roy, in Cov» Garden, but without Fordgn Writer.— This Play Tnct 

any great Succefs. — It is intended with tolerable Succefs, its Merits 

as a. Ridicule upon fome of our having -fair Play from the Igno- 

Operatical Pieces, as well as On ranee of the prejudiced -Part of 

f )me of the later Performances of the Audience with Regard to its 

the Bu/kin. Author, who unfortunately did 

A Mad World my Mas- not furvive to reap any Advantage 

TER-t. Com. by 7i0, MuUleton, from it, dying at the Beginning' 

410. X 608. <— '^his is a very good of it» Run.— -^Nqt long after his 

^ Play, and has been fince borrow^ Death, however, Fitetwood^ then 

from by many Writers ; -particu- Manager of X^^"* X^nre Theatre, 

larly by Mrs. Bebn. in her C/<y permitted the Widow to attempt 

heirefs, and by C, Johnfon in iiis the performing of it at that Hook 

Country Lajfes, r four her Benefits and notwith- 

MananobrsExtaiy, ^4^. ftanding the Diifrnte which hafl 

Cynthia*8Revxnox. ' been for a long Time fubfiftiiif 

The Magnetic Lady, or between that Mana^^r .and the 
Humours ruonaTd, Com. by Bm Tow'ny with Regard to the abating 
^cnfon, Fol. 1640. — This Play the advancM Prices on Entertain*' 
is in general efteemed a very good mieota, (and which, as his Pa- 
one, yet did not efcape theCen- tent was very near expired, he 
furrof fome Critics of that Time, was by no Means anxious to re^ 
particularly Mr. Di'U Mailer of concile) had arifen to fuch an 
FauPs School, or his Son, wrote Height, as to occafion nightly 
a Satyr, againft it, which Ben Riots at the Houfe, and a Dettf 
Jonfon wrote a Reply to, with e- mination on the Side of the Au- 
^ual, if not greater Severity. ■■■ dience tP^permit no Reprefenta* 
Thofe who are curious to fee tion till their propofed Reforma- 
* both, will find them in Lang- tion was complied with, yet fo fa- 
bainef 8vo. 1691. page 292. vourable was the Town on this 

The Mag nificxnt Lo- Occafion, that the Play not only 
VERS. Com. by Ozel/, — This is went off without the leafl Inter- 
only a Tranfla^n intended for ruption,. but the Houfe was (o 
the Clofet alone, of Let Amam f\xVL, as to enable the Widow. to 
Magnifiquti of Moliere, clear upwards of an hundred 

Mahomxt, the JmpoJUr, Tr. Pounds by the Profits of it« 
"by J, Miller, 8vo. 1743. — This This was alfo the Play which 

is little more than a good Tranf- in the Year 1753, was the inno- 

lation of the Mahomet of Voltaire, cent CauTc of a confiderablc Re> 


M A MA ' 

solution in the dramatic "World, the comic Part, with the Affair 

in another Kingdmn, viz. that of of Otrante^s feizing F/orimel, the 

Ireland, and which finally termi- Miller's fuppofed Daughter, and 

lUted in the entire Abdication of attempting her Chaftity from 

a theatrical Monarch, altho' he "Belief ortfi" i Hifloires iragiques^ 

liad with great Labour and Afli- Tom. i. Hift, la. — The Scene 

Mty brought his Domain into a lies in Spain, 
more fiouriihing State than any The Maid of Honour. Tra* 

of his Predeceflbrs had done : For gi>Com. by PbiL Majfinger, 4to« 

thro' the too great Warmth of 1632. — This Play met with great 

Party.Zeal in a confiderable Part Applaufe, and has a Copy of 

of the Audieoce, which "infifted Verfes prefixed by Sir .4^08 

on a Repetition of certain Paffa- Cockain^ 

ges in this Play, which appear'4 The Maid^slast Prayer, 

to them applicable to lome Per- or Any rather than fail. Com. by 

fons then in Power, and perhaps Tbo. Soutbeme, ^t6, 1693. — Scene 

a too peremptory Manner of op- London,"— Thtrc is a Song in this 

pofing that Zeal on the Side of Play by Congrfve, 
ut, Sberid^M, then Managerof the The M a i o*s M it amo»- 

Thcatre' Royal in Smock- Alley ^ phosis. Com. by ^^obn Lyfy, 

Dublin, a Difturbance enfued, in 4to. 1600. — This Play was fre- 

Confequence of which, Sheridan quently a£led by the Children of 

wast obliged to quit firil the Houfe PauPs, and is one of thofe Pieces 

for ' the Security of his Perfon, in which the Author has attemp"- 

and afterwards the Kingdom for ted to refine the £>^[/^ Language. 

the Support ofl^is Fortune. —-The greateit Part of the Play, 

The Theatre was ihut up for the and particularly the whole Ati ' 

Remainder of that Seafon, and A£l, is written in Verfe. 

the Management of it, after dir Maids or Moore Clacke* 

vers ineffe^ual Struggles made by P'id. History, &e, 

Sheridan for fome Time, partly Maids Revenge. Trag. by 

by Deputation, -and partly in Per- %, Shirley, 4to. 1639.—- ThePlot 

fon, to reinftate hjmfelf in the is taken from Reynolds^ s God*s Re» 

quiet Pofifeflfion of it, has at length venge againft Murder, Book 2. 

devolved, totally into other Hands. Hift. 7. and the Scene lies at 

A Maidenhead well Lijhon, This is faid to be the 

LOST. Com. by Tho, Heytvood, fecond Play Shirley wrote, 

4to. 1634. Maid*s the Mistress. 

Maiden Queen. Fid, Sz' J^</. Disappointment. 
cretLove. The Maid*s Tragedy, by 

The Maid in the Mill, Beaumont md Fletcher, ¥o\, iSya, 

Com. -by- Beaumont and Fletcher, —This Play is an exceeding good 

Fol. T699.-— This is ii very excel- one, and ever met with univerfal 

lent Play^ and was one of thofe Approbation,- till being revived 

which alter the Rcftoration were after the Reftoration, K. Charles 

revived at the poke of Tork's II, being for particular Reafons 

Theatre. The ferious Part of difpleafed with (otae Parts of it, 

the Plot, vix, that which re- forbid its. being perfoqned in his 

lates to Antonio, Jfmenia, and A- Ke.i%n,^H^aller, however, taking 
minta, is borrowed from a Spanip ^ the Piece in Hand, made confider* 

Romance called, Gerardo^ and able Alterations in it, addinga 
' % N J. al- 

¥ A MA 

ttUnoft endre new fifth A^s wholly m«ch jQHOtf penuciojas than bothf 
agreeable to (he Court ; . in whicA 9fA which the Ajithpr has diftin' 
f'onn it was 9gain brought on th? |uiflied hy thjB 'tltl^ of DajfodiU ; 
Stage^ and met with the Applaufe a Species of Men who. without 
it had ever been accjiftoiped to.— r Hearts capable of SenpbHityy or 
It has not:, however^ been intro- even Manhood enough to rdifli^ 
^Qced to any of our Audiences for or wiih for Enjojrmeot with the 
IbmeYeanpajl.— Scene jUw^/^ Sex^ jet, from a Dtfyft of being 

TheMAip*s TitAGiDY, by considered at Gallants ^ make 
Mdm» H^a&r, Vid. The preceding court to ereiy Woman indifcri- 
Artide. -—In this Play the Cata- mit^tejy ; whoft Reputation it 
fttophe is rendered fortunate. certain to be minM from the In- 

The Male-Cokt IKT. Tr.- ftant tbefe Infefts have been ob- 
Com. by^J^nbi Msr/hn, 4to, ferved to fettle near her, theiir 
S 604.— lie iiirft Pefign and fole Aim being to obtain the 
toug^ Draught of this Play wece Credit of an Amour, without 
laid by Mr, WAfietf but were ever once refie^ng on the fatal 
greatly improved and enlarged by Confe^penees that may attend 
our Author.— It is dedicated in thereon in theDeftni£kian of pnU 
the warmeft and moft compli- Tate Peace and domeftic Hiqipi- 
nentary Manner ppflible to Ben nefs.«-This Chanufter, altho* a 
JonfoHf yet fo fickle and uncer- ve;ry common one, feems to be 
tain a Thing is Frieixdibip, efp.e- new to the Stage, and is, in the 
cially among Poets whofe Inters lni|>ortance to me Worl4 of ren^ 
cfis both in F^une and Fortune deiing it detftftable to Society, un- 
ire frequentlv apt to daih with doubtedly worthy of an able Pen^ 
fach other, tnat we ^nd this ve- -^Th^ Author of this France lus 
ly Author, not many Years af- taken as broa^ Steps towards this 
fcrwardsy in th« Epiftle pc^x*d Point as the Extent of fo imaQ 
to his So^ionijha, cafiing ytrf at Work would g^ve fcppe for, yet 
lurih and fevere, though obMque his Catafirophe is fomewhat on- 
Kefle^ons, <m the Stjtimtf an^ natgral, 9.nd his Heroes Di(grace 
Cataline of the Writer -whom he not rendered public enough to an- 
at this Time a^dr^fsM as the fwer .the End entirely.— —As to 
anoft exalted Genius of the Age l|te fecond Title of St, there 
lie Hv*d in. — Some of Marfiott^i feems no apparent Reafon for the 
Enemies reprefente^ th^s Play as finnexing it, jmlefs it S$ to afford 
defigned jto ftrike a^ partic,ular Occafion for a humorous Pro« 
CharaAers, but lAtngBaine endea-- logue written and ^kea by Mr. 
uriours to vindicate the Author Garn'ck, who has been ajib ima- 
from that Charge, calling it ^ gine4 the Author of the Piece 
honeft general Satire. . itfelf^ 

The Mali Co^vxttz, or The Mali,, ot tbi Modijb l^*^ 
Siventun tfundrtd fify fiven» v^r/. Com, bv 7./). 4to, 1674. 
f'arce, Anonym. 4to. 1 7 57.— —This Play hjis been afcribed to 
T^s httle Piece was written in l>ry4fn^ yet its Stile and Manner 
Hafte for Mr. Woedwfr^i 1^^^ bear )>ot little Heiemblance tl> 
nefit, and is intended to ei^pofe a thofe of that Author, and there- 
Kind of Chara4[ler no lefs fre- fore it iimore reai^able to ime« 
macnt about this Tpwn th%n ei- ^e it the Wofk of £me Qb« 
tbti fbc FlaMm or MnkH/tis Ut fcucu ^i)»6t« 


Mamamovchi, or jbe Gti* Time Uus Play was written of 
ffim turn'i "Gentleman, by Eaw, pi^liflied I caoinot exa^jcnow^ 
tLOmtnifcnft, 4to.. 1675. — Thi^ DUt Imagine it muift have been a- 
Play is -vdidly borrowed, and boutx^^o, or between that Time 
that even withom the leaft Ac- and 1740, as the fn^lgpenient Ta" 
knowkd^ncntoftheTheft^from fnof, fay the fame Author, came 
the Mxmf* Pmrecaugnec and the out in 27 33* 
Bttrgeoit Gmtilhomme of MoHete, The Mak of Mods, or $)nr 
—It was printed under the firft TcpUfig flutter. Com. by Sir 
Title only^ 410. 1672. Ceo. Etberidge, j^o. 1676.—- Thi> 

Mama GX as mak.&6*o. rid, is anadmixwle Play; the Cha^ 
AvTH0ft*s Ti|ivMr^* rasters in it are ftron^ mark*^ 

Mam G Oft A, KiMG or TBI the Plot agreeably conducted, ana 
TiMBVstAMs. Trag. by Sir the Dial^e truly polite and ele-. - 
TbcHdoore, 4to, 1717.^— Tiiis gant«— iSe Charader of DorU 
Play was brought on tiie Stage aX mant is perh^ the only com* 
the Theatre in Zftic-Lm-Fieldsp }>leatly nne Gentleman that haji 
but was very deferredly damn'd 5 ever yet been brought on the Efig^ 
it being both with Refpea to T^ 5tage, at the fame Time 
Plot, language, and every other that tn that of Sir Fefting may 
^flentlal of dramatic Writing, a be traced the Ground Work c^ 
moft contemptible piece* almoft all the Foppit^tom and 

The Mam ratxji. Com* Pttit Maitres whioi appearM in- 
by Qa;«iif.— >This Is only a Tranf- the fucceediog Comedies of that 
^tjon fiom the Mtfstuthrife of Pe^iod^-^It is faidthat SuCeorge 
Metiere, iuteiidod the Part of Dorimant zm 

Mam hatxr. VU* Txmon a Compliment to the famous Earl 
«7 At « IMS. ' of Rccbefter, deigning in that 

Mam u pop amp Wisdom x, Chara£ter to form^ Portr^t of 
A Mafyue of muche JnftruSione, his Lordfliip, in which all the 
Anonym. 4to. 1563. good Qualities he poflefs^dj which 

Man im thx Moon. yid» were not a few) were fet fo/th in 
ISmdymiom. the moft confpicuous Light, and 

Maml ivs Capitolimvs« a Veil thrown over his Foibles^ 
Trag. by OzeU, ijuno. 171c.— or at leaft fuch a Glofs laid on 
This is a Tcanftation in blank them as to make them almoft ap« 
Verfe from the French of Monf. pear fo many Perfedions. 
de h F^.— I believe it was ne- The Mam of Nxw Maxxxt^ 
ver intended for the £ii^/y^ Stage, Com. by Edw. Howard, 4to, 
but was aded at Paris for three- ^78.*«-$cene London, 
/core Nights running, at the The Man of Tastx^ or tU 
Time that the l&arl of Portland Guardians. Com. bv J, MUer, 
was Ambafladdr at the French 3 vo. 17 31. —This Play was a^d 
Courts-— ^The Subje£| of it is at Drury Lane with confiderabk 
from Hiftory, and is to be found Succefs.— The Plot of it is bor- 
in the 6th Book of Li%y*$ ift rowed partly from the EcaU d(» 
Vteada* 'Jitarif, and partly from the Pre» 

Man of BffpzNXSs. J7<^. cMt Ridicules of Mollere. 
Lovft im thx Park. The Man of Tasts. Fax% 
TheMAM ofHomovx, Com. Anonym. 17 5%. -T^si^Yvf* 


IS nothing more than the fore- 
going Piece cut into a Farce by 
throwing out that Part of the 
Plot which is taken from the 
Ecole des Maris, and retaining 
only that which i$ borrowed 
/rom.the F.recieufcj Ridicules, 

The Man's B»«d, 
or the Devil to do about her. Com* 
by Mrs. Centli'vre, 4to. 1712.— 
This is by no Means one of the 
heft, nor is it the worft of this 
Lady"? dramatic Pieces.— The 
Language is extremely indifferent, 
and has a very great Deficiency 
both of Wit and Sentiment ^ but 
the Plot is agreeably intricate and 
bufy, and the Thought of Faith- 
firs relea/ing his ^flrefs Laura 
from her old Guardian Sir David 
Watcbutttf by pretending to be 
bewitched, as well as .the Inci- 
dent of the imagined Ghoft in 
the lafl Adl, altho' they arc 
fomewhat too farcical and out of 
Probability, yet are> as far as I 
know to the contrary, original, 
and have no difagreeable EfTefl;, 
to thofe who go to a Comedy 
principally with a V;ew of being 
made to laugh, without entering 
Into too rigid a Scrutiny of the 
Adherence to dramatic Rules. 

Man*s Heart is hii 
GRiATZST Enemy. Vid, 


The Man's the Master. 

"Com. by Sir JV, Davenant, 410, 

l673.-^This is the laft Play this 

Author wrote, being iiniihed not 

long before his Death, which 

happened in 1668. — The Plot of 

it is borrowed from two Plays of 

M» Scarron, viz, 'Jodetety or It 

Maitre Valet y and the Heritier ri- 

^dicule. — The Scene is laid in jlf;- 

drid, and throughout the whole 

in one Houfe.— It is efleemed a 

good Comedy, and was oflea'a^- 

jd with ^pprpbation. 


The Man too hard fo* 
The Master. Com.. Anon« 
—Of this Play I know not .the 
Author's Name, nor any Thing 
more than that it was publifhed 
Jince the Reftoration, nor do I 
find it mentioned any where but 
in the Appendix to the Britijb 

M AMCt-LlA, or the Treaeherout 
Tfiend, Tragi-Com. by Mrs, 
Francei Boothby, 4to. 1670. 
The Scene lies in France^ the Plot 
an Invention. 

Ma r c I a n o, or the Difcovtry, 

Edinburgh, 410. 1663. Thii 

Piece it is faid in the Title Page 
was a£led with great Applaufe 
before his Majefly's high Com- 
miflioner and others of the No- 
bility, at the Abbey of Hofyrud 
Houfe (at Edinburgh) on St. 
John's Night, by a Company of 
Gentlemen. — The Scene of thii 
Play is laid in Florence, but what 
the Plot of it isy or on what Sto* 
ry founded, I know not, having 
never (ecu it, and only finding it 
mentioned in Coxeter*s Manufcript 

Marcus Tullius Cicero, 
that famous Roman Oratpr, hisTrA- 
gedy, 4to. 1651, — It is uncertain 
whether this Play was ever a£ted 
or not, but it is written in Imi- 
tation of Ben jfonfons Cataline.—^ 
The Scene lies at Rome, and for 
the Story it may be found in P/k- 
tarch's Life of Cicero, Sec. 

Margery, or^ worfe Plague 
than the Dragon, Ballad Fares, 
by H. Carey, 8vo. 1 7 39. — This 
Piece is a Sequel or fecpnd Pa^t 
of the Dragon ofWantley (which 
fee in its Place) and was a'£ted 
with great Applaufe at Covent 
Garden Theatre j-yet, tho* it hat 
foihe Merit, it is far from beii^ 
equal to the firfl Part. 

l/l^lkl^M) tbe fair Q^en ^ 

MA M'A ■ 

y«t^. Trag. by Lady £/ia;. C^- like moft fteoni Putij falf» 

«w, 4to. 1613. — This Piece it greatly ihort of the Merit of the 

is probable was never adled, yet, firft. At itt original Appear- 

cpnfidering tbofe Times ai^d the aace^ however, it met with ^on- 

l4dy*8 Sex, it may be allowed to fiderable Approbation^ and the 

be well penn'd.— It is written in Vxikc of PortlanJ, to whom it 

alternate Verfe, and with a Cho- was dedicated, complimented the 

ms, which Chorus is compofed Authorefs with aPrefentof forty 

of Settines, or Stanzas of fix Guineas. — ^The Scene lies on the 

Lines, the four firft of which ^e Terriera de P.aJIk in Lijhon. 
interwoven, or ihine alternately, Marriack a i,A'Modi# 
the two laft rhyming to each^o- . Com. by y. Drydea, 410. 167 %• 
ther, and forming a Couplet in.— Though thia Piece is caUedt« 

Bafe; Comedy in the Title Page, yet it 

MAiLjAMVt, Trag. by EH- might, without any great Impre- 

jdb Ftntotty «Vo.. 1723. This priety, be cbnfider'd as a Tragi- 

Play is built on the fame Story Comedy, as it confift^ of two 

; with the. laft-mentioned one, for .different A&iolis, the one Seripiia 

. which fee JcfepbuSf Book 14 and and the other Comic;— The D<- 

^ 1 5. — ^It was a^d with great Sue- figns of both, howevti^/ apptit 

cefs at the Theatre in Lincoln' t- to be borrowed. — ^For Example, 

..Inn-FUldiy and was indeed the the. ferious Part; ir apparently 

. Meaps of fupp^ntvig and recon- Younded on the Story of SeMii 

ciUng the Town to that Theatre, and JtmarHa Uk iht Grand tjrus, 

which for fome Time before had Part 9. Book- 3. — Th^ Charac- 

heen almoft totally negUaed, in ters of Palamede and Rkodpfhil 

, Favour oi Drury-Lane Houfe, the from the Hiftory of TinumUt aad 

Managers of which not having Partbma* in the fame Romance* 

.pjfed Mr. Fr»/« well, in a Re- Part 6. B^k i.— The Chataaer 

. f ofal or at beft Delay in the a^i% of Deraltciftotn NogarM in the-«Ar- 

of tKis Piece, he was induced to nak of Lcve ^ ^ and the Hint of 

•ffer it to the other Theatre, iJfr/jp/i&tfV making Love to he»- 

whcrc it was gladly accepted 5 felf in RbodopbiVt Name, frofl> 

and brought forward to that Ap- Les Contes D'OuvilU, Part 1. p*>5. 
probati9n which it merited. Marriaxjx a xa Modi. 

Marina. A Phy of three Farce, 1760. — This Piece wt« 

A£^s, by Mr. L/7/o, 8vo. 1738. never printed, but was a£kcd in 

^ —This Piece I have nty^t feen, the Winter of the above-men- 

nor h.ave either fVhincop, or the ttoaed Year for Mr. Ttffa's Be- 

. Author of the Britifi Theatre nefit. — It is, however, nothing 
taken any Notice of it, yet, as I more than Capt. Bodens^s Modijb^ 

. find, it on the Lift of Publica- Couple cut down into a Farce, 

tions for that Year, I cannot a- Marriags at last, or 

void giving it a Place here. the Fortunate Prince, An Opera, 

Marivs AND Sylla. Vid, Anonym. 1733. — I cannot find 

Wounds of Civ;l War." ■ that this Piece was ever reprc- 

Mark Anthony, ^/V/.An- fented. 
TpNius. The Marriage Broaker, 

.' Marplot, or the fecond Part or the Pandtr, Com. by M, W, 

.tf the Bufy Body. Com. by Mrs. i2mo. 1662,— TVit ^VoX ^>^ \>kv\ 

Cf/f/^'^ftf, 4to, izog.'^This Play, Play is taken itoxa xVvt En^\\J» 


CifroiiklMfAtlktlUieB %t$4m i^mme, tn^ die Scene ISei k 

King of tSkt W^ ^4»Mrf .-— Tke Onmt Giirdm,'^ In the Preface 

Scwe lice U Ltrndttt, to tUt Keoe tlie AutikM kis at* 

TIm MAftiiXAds Mi»Tt^ CcnipCeAAyinltcseiQfief hinifelf 

MA t«ii*». Cooi. ky T. DiMfy, from Che Ckargec krmight againft 

4t»« t#o)^— Tile liifb €NMRt«a hie Mvnh, n>d tfae Leofeaefii of 

«lie A«^ ktflifelf Iia4 «r cMi iuf WfMngi, ky foiae of las 

^iece may ke |atber*4 fmn an CoWflifonritt. 

Xl>iMe to lii». prefix'4 M k by Tke Markiip Co^vxt. 

Mr. Gkn. GiUoB, U mkkh tke Coai, Ky 7. JMlie, Sf«. 1747.— > 

AuHMf^ thrtugk flMt Gentle- Thie Flay was never 96M, oer 

AM, Sofoivit ^e P«klic ^t ei^ea piinted till after the A«» 

tiMi ii ffte beft ef All Me Come* tb^i E>ea4i.*^t it no ^rery con* 

4i«f ; yot I eannot i«ry readily temptible Piece, nor haa tt any 

Mfefibe to thit OpMiion.^-^TIie eitraftrAnary McHt> yeC €0 the 

aJmirakli Pef^nrmance of a Part Medefty m4 amiable DtAdeiice 

ki tiyi Pkiy, Koweytr, ivm MliAt «f k« Awtitor, perfaam was owing 

AfftocMioMdtheifiterfrifdtcd- its sot Wing imkralied in hia 

lekiMel Mr. Dif^ t« k« ttStm lifi-Time^— ^ac eveiy Writer 

Notkc of M att AAor of Merit. poflefi(*« of thtfa good <}Mlitiei, 

"-TlM Sotae in fli* Pirk near the Town \i«tild not kelb fte* 

iBMSiifM»«*»TlM TiftM Thifty 4(nencly pellet*d With tittCom* 

litwt. flaiilts of difappolnted Pbf • 

Tbo MnatiAOS lfi«4iV« wii^, mtWohM fo ffltny Mar 

1lM^ ky If. Lerl Virc* F«A- P eil o i' m aoce e foree tfieir Wiy 

hud, 410. tf<#4««*-^Thie PI17 intntki W^ridfMtt beseatfi fke 

ooMriM a titit Skitoof Wk and l^refe^ whiek kad jtidkioufly been 

iMin, yet it ie niHeifain wke- iMfied Aoc^ to theTbe«tt«s. 

Oker it wfti erer *Aad or noCr*- TheMAftnxftn LiBStTitt^. 

Tke S«ent liei in O0k^ Com. by Ctm, Mttd^in, lyei.*^ 

- Tke MAaaiAOtt or OcKA* Tkia Play Wa« brought on the 

Hvt Ann BiitTAi^MtA. A Stage it Civnif <?«riM Theatfty 

Malque, by lUth, Flkhoe, tvO. yet, after its firft Run, was fio 

IM7. more perfbrttMid, nor kit yet ap* 

MAaaiAGt of tilt AltTi. pear*d in Print. ^^ A tefy ftrong 

^d, TBXNOTAMIA. Opfofidon Wai made to it during 

MAiiKiAOB or ^itftDftvit, tt^ Wight of its Run, wlilcii 

Wy, BtL^Hn^oft. were^no more than tfae Nine ne- 

TbeMAnttAoBOr WiTTfe teflktytiD entitle the Antkor to 

>H» ScikMcts. An InttdvdC^ his three Benefits.— Prejudice a- 

Anonyta. 1606. giinftthf AttthorfeemMhoweyer 

MAn a I AO n Pft OM x«K « ySd, to have b^n in gitat Meafnre the 

iNTfttOomo CotriiTtnas. Bafis of tkis OppoAtion, winch, 

Tiie Ma Rft ISD Bbao, or lA« altho* in fotee Meafoie overborne 

bi^&hmm. Com. by J. by a ihong Party Of his Countiy- 

rf) ^0* 16^. -* This Play men, Who were determined to 

was efteemed a good one, and iVtpport the Play thro* its d^ned 

was fre^veotly aAnd iN^lh gene- Period, yet (hewed itfelf very 

ral Approbition. — it has, kow^ mtibly even to tht laft.-^I can- 

€fer, bien long Kud «Me.<«->The not, hnw«ev««, h«l^ thinking its 

9totjr of kk Ukca «roBi I>ok Fi^t famc^iX WA\-««iSL^ 


It flivft be cMifeli'd tiMt ^cre the Death of Murchuh ud -fthe 
were may Faukt ia the Piece, Coattafion «f Muv and Ftf»/mtf ; 
yet it vnoSt sifo be ackoowiedgei thtft^ I £iy, aite all the Invcs*- 
tlttt tbere weie levcral Beauties ; tion> and do Honour to tke Abi* 
aad i own rnyfetf apt to Wfieife, iitiea of the Ai>fhor.— The Scene 
tJuit had the Phy made ita firft lies in Felix'* Pdaee ar MUitem^ 
Appearance o« Aw7 Iwiff' Stage^ the^CapkalClty of XmiM/ir, - 
widi the Advantaigps it nughc The Mahtym'b Solpiii. 
thcee heve cecei-aed from the ȣ!- Trag, l^ Htmy tbirltyy 4to. 
ing; and had the Author re* s^S.^Thi9 Play amC wkh great 
SMMMd coaecaFd tilt its Fate had Applaafe, but was not publiflied 
been determined, that it might ttU ato> the AathorV I>eath«— 
havsc BKt with aa fsMttmible a The Plot is taken from Hi^hhy, 
Reoepcian as foae Pieces which dming the TSaie of the eighth 
Junre paft on the Pablk uncen- Per&eution, far which iee Bttn* 
fiH*d»««4¥hat perhaps mif^ alfi> aiaS) JlfiC 
add te the Pn^iee ag«nft \if Maky MA^aAXSK, ii s k 
was aCoaje^hire that was^ spread Ltvx andRspbntamcs. Aa 
about the Tofwn, thJt Mr, Mack^ Iote»Iiide> 1^ Ltwh Wagtr, ^to. 
A>, ia his Chacaa»r of Lord 15^.— The Plot is taken, as it 
Bdvifftf had a View towards that is faid ia the Pvologae, from the 
af a Man of Quality then living feventh Chapter of St. Lt<)le.— 
and extMoady weM known j bet The Piece ie printed in the old 
this I Imagine muA hart been blaekLetter> and contrired ib at 
aarr«j^ ConjcAure. to be eaAfy perftrmed fay four 

'Am. Makribp PtifLote- Peifonsj which, from this and! 
razm. Com* by^f^iba i&^, 8w>, the Title Pages of other laterhidee 
X737>-*-Tfau it a Coaiedy «f the "^^^At^ mention the ieeae Parti« 
general Stamp of the Pieces of calar, I aa» apt to imagineVae 
that Period, that is to fay neither the ^ted If ember fat a Set of 
gpod nor bad.— — k was aded at PerfonBcrs ftx thele Kind ol 
Drmy Lam Theatre^ with feme Pieces, 

iaaeUSaceeis* Mart Qitbbk «f Scot* 

Marry o< do worsx« Rako. Vid, IsftAic»Q«zxirf, 
Com. by XT. IMker, 410. 1704. A M as^vs pi efen ted §^Brtt» 
«»Tbae Piece was aCttd at Lh^ lie in Derhy/Hm^ on ?W*j^« 
tMi^hm-T iMw ^ floe n e in Lm^ Vi^t^ i43f. by Sir ^em Coc- 
tkn, lain, 8to. f66o.-^This Piece it 

Martial Ma xo« fid* priatad in the Body ef this Au- 
LoYB*ii CvRii. thor*a PoeRBs.— It was preiente< 

The Martyr, or JPa^frafibr. before PM% the firft Barl «f 
Trag. by Sir Wa. Lovftr, 4te. Cb^UtfM, and hit Coontefc | 
1^55.— The Potendation which two of their Sens adting in it« 
the Story has in Truth may be A Masi^vz, a Defcriptien ef» 
tf«€^d in Cotffttem^t Hif. Rm. in with the Nuptial Songs, at the 
Stmus di Vkis SanB^nm, Kcc.— Lord Vifc. IkMngton'i M arriage 
But the feveral Inddentt of Pom' at Conrt, on Stmt Tuefdiy at 
AWs Dream, the Love of Sevt" Night, r6oS. by M*m y^fifmt 
' nu, the Biqitifm of Fofyt$/fhs, Pol. r64p» 
the SaeriAce for tbe Emperor's A Mas^i \ r itfi.t<lL ^ m^dbit 
YHh/y, the Dignity of fOkf, Koulie ol Loid Hi^e, ^x^b^^tA-^ 

. V 


tertaifiment of Le Baron it Tmr, Rhtne vnt|uhe Piincefs Elixaheti\ 

the French Ambaflador, oiiSatur —The Madiinery and Decora* 

diy, Feb, 21. 1 6 17, by Benjou'^ tions were by Inigo Jones, 
JoH, FoL 1617. A Royal Masque of the 

Masq^ue at Ludlow Cas- four Inns of Court, performed a- 
TLE. Fid* Com vs. ' bout Al/bo/laiuitide, 1633. Anon. 

A Masqve written at Lord -Of this Mafque a very fiiU 

Bocheficr^i Requeft for his Tra- Account is given in JVbitloclCt 

gedy of Vakntiniany by N» Tate, Memorials of Ettgliftf Afiairs, 

— This is printed in Afr. Tate's p. 18. — ^But whether this Piece 

Mifcellanies, 8vo. 1685. p. 17. itfelf was ever printed^ I know 

The Scene is a Grove and not." 
Foreft* Ma8<)u< o> GtAT*i-lNN. 

The Mas(^vi OF AvGURts, ^</. Masqvx ot Flowxss.. 
with the fev^ral Anti-mafques, The MAs<tvxftAD£. Com. 

jpxti&nXti onTivelfth Nigbt,i^%, by Cba* J^bnfon, 8vo. X723.— > 

by Ben Jonfcn, Fol. 1640. A^ed at the Theatre Royal in 

The Masque of Flowers. Vrury Lane, 

Anpnym. 4to. 1614. This The Mas^uxkabx, ot. an 

Mafque was prefented by the Evening" t Intrigue, A Farce of 

Gentlemen of C7rtfyV/ff», at the two A€ts, by Benj. Griffin, iimo. 

Court at fytitecbafk in the Ban- I7 17.— This Piece was performf 

getting Houfeupon'^xoe/ftb Night, ed at Lincoln* S'lnn-Fit/ds, with 

1 6 1 3, and was the lail of the fome Succefs. 
Solemnities and Magnificencies MAsq.vERAOE do Ciel. A 

which were performed at the Mafque, by S,'S, ^to, i640.*-« 

. Marriage of the Earl of ^om^r/^ Dedicated to the Qoeen. .' 

wi^h the Lady F/v7i}r^j, Daughter The Massacre at Paris* 

to the £arl of Suffolk, Trag. by Nat, Lee, 4tb. 1690. 

. M A s <OJ E OF He r o E8. f^J, *— The Plot of this Play is fbund- 

Xn N i( R T^^ M F L E M A 8 <tv X . ed on the bloody MafTacre of the' 

A Masq^ue of Owls at Proteftants which was perpetrated 

Ken XL wojtTH, prefented by the at Paris on St; Bartboiomrw^t 

Ghoft of Captain Cb;f mounted on Pay, 1572. in the Reign of 

his Hobby-Horfe, 1626. by Ben Qbarles IX, for the Particulars of 

Jonfon, Fol. 1640. which fee De Serres, Mextray^ 

Mas<^ue op Queens. Vid, &c.— The Scene P^m, 
Queen's Mas Q^uEs. The Massacre at Paris,^ 

A Masq^ue in the Opera of Viiib tbe Death' of- the Duke of 

the Propbetefiy by Tho, Betterton, Guife. Trag. by Chrifl, Marloei 

printed with that Piece. 8vo. without Date. — This Play 

A Mas9J(je of the two ho- is uppn the fame Story with the 

nourable Houfes, or Inns of Court, laft -mentioned one, but takes in 

tbt Middle Temple and Lincoln s- a larger Scope with Refpefb t» 

Inn, prefented before the King at Time, beginning with the unfor- 

JVbitecbapel on Shrove Monday at tunate Marriage between the King 

Night, ieb, 15. 161 3. by Geo, of Navarre and Marguerite dt 

Qhapman, 4to, 1614. This Falois, Sifter to Charles IX. 

Mafque was written and contrived which was the primary Occafioa 

for the Celebration of the Nup- of tbe Maffacre, and ending with 

tials of the Count Palatine of the the Death of Henry III, oiFrancu 



—This Play is not divided into Tra^-Com. by,7ib« Dixker^^tp* 

A^, yet it is far from a *bad ji6ji, — Scene ^^V, — -This ,is 

•one, and might pmb^hly fnroilh e;fl;Bemed a good Play, 

the Hint to Mr. L^«. MatjIda. Trag.— Of this 

Mas s I n s^l lo fSja rMfly J know no more than the Name^ 

Tomafo Anneilo di Malfai Uent" and that it was wriUen in the 

ral of the Neapolitans) bis Tra- B.eign of Henry VII. 'both whi^h 

X^* <»■> the Rebeiihn i^jf Naples. J gather from the index to Ja- 

Anonym. 8vo. 1651,-— —This rd^** Port/Vj/U^^^cr, where alone 

Play is faid to have been written I find it mentioned, but withopt 

by a Gentleman who was him- any Reference to the Body of the 

-felf an Eye Witneis to thc^hde Book, or any farther Particulars 

of that wonder6il Traniaftiony relating to it.-i-If the laft Cir- 

%irhich happened at Naples in cumftance jbe true, howj^e^, it 

1647 .^-The Scene lies at iVtf/ihr, will render it the vety earlieil 

^and the Story may be feen more tlramatlc Piece we know any 
at large in Giraffe Hiftory of Thing of in theie Kingdom^ >as 

Napla, -that Monarch di^d in I509> ani 

Massanizllo, or, a Tip)* Bifliop Bak^s Cod'.s Tromifes is of 

emtmri a Pn'aee, A Play in two no earlier Date dian ,1538. 

Parts, by T. Durfey, 410. 1700. Patrimonial TtLov.BttZ,' 

This is on the fame Story in two Parts, by the Patchefs of 

with, and partly borrowed fron^, Neweafile, Tol. i6$2. — The.firft 

the former. " of theie is a Comedy, th^.fecoRd 

Mastcr Anthoky. Coiq, a Tragi-Comedy. 

^ the E. of Orrery^ 4to. 1690. May Day. JC<m* ly JG^« 

•— -Tho* "this Piece bears the above Chapman, 4to. x 6 1 1 . 

^ate, yet it appears to have been The Ma you or IQ^IKBO- 

-a^ed manv Years 'before, at the ropjbh^ Com« \iy Tko,,IfIi4dle'' 

S>ilke*t Th. in LinC'Inn-Field^, ton, 410. l66x. — Tbi.s'.Play w^s 

^y having the Names of Mr.i^- . often a^ed with jreat iVFJ^^i^ufe. 

^W and Mrs. Loxp^in-the Drama^ —-The Plot is taken from Stogt^, 

w'ho had at tStat Time 'been dead ^feed, &c. in the Reign gf J^or* 

tome Years. '*J[^i ^uid the Author has intijo- 

Mastek TvitBULEKT, or, l^ucedinto the Piece fevesalDum.b 

the*Melanchc/ta,Com. Anonym. Shews, the£xplanation4f whicji 

^:to. x6^« —- The Scene of this he puts into the. Mouth o£ Rai" 

^lay is laid in Moor-^Ffefds. vulpb Monk of Q>efier^ whoCe 

A Match -A-r 'MiDKiGirT. I'^w^^brofr/Voff hjC has pretty .clofe]/ 

Com. by^^.'l?tfitf/ry,4to. i6;}3. followed. 

^*-4^jfft^t)f thevPbtx)f rhbCome- Miasur^ for Msasurjt* 
-dy, «rr«.'^ 1>ei]jgn tj^ JamnsS A Play, by.^. ^bak^eare, Fol. 

tiMtng :B/oodbound under the 'Wi- — ^This is a motl adniirable Vhx, 

'^8iw^tf^8ed,.i»-fotiiided .t>n an old as well .with ,Reip<^ to Ch;M-ac- 

Ikotykk^^Er^iJb Rogue,'l?prtJ^» ter and Gondu^^» .as to the;i4in> 

Cbi^* 19. giuge. and Sf^ntiment, whitji are 

-Mai^cji fM^^rvTGATZ. f^ii, vcqu^ to any.cff this injq^itabk 

t^s^ifi-o«. A«tbof*8 i'leces.— ^he D.vke^ 

• 4ijfAfCH m*W « ir c » t % , ^\i, Miloquy. onLife, aod thePle^d* 

WoMAnVRA^EKti^, lags of "^^^/i^ for l)er ^Brpthar*t 

' Match mb m London, Pardon witji Jingik, as well at 


C/>0^rV& own Arguments with his The, Merchant of Vs- 

Sifter to yield herfelf up for hii nice. Tragi-Com. by W.Shakef- 

Prefervation, and her Reply to ^eare, 4to. 1600. — This is an 

tbem> are Mafter-Pieces of Elo- admirable Piece, and ftill conti- 

quence and Power of Language* nues on the Lift of adiing Piays. 

—The Play is ftiil frequently —The Story is built on a real 

performed, and always with af- Fa£l which happened in Tome 

fur'd Approbation, — ^The Plot is Part of Jtafy, with this Difference 

buik on a Novel of Cintbio Gi-, indeed, that the intended Cruelty 

ratdr, Dec. 8. Nov. 5. The was really on the Side of Bie 

Scene lies at Viefma* Chriftian, the Jew being t|ie un- 

Medea. Trag. hySitEdw, happy Delinquent who fell be- 
Sberbume, 8vo. 1648.-'— —This is neath his rigid and barbarous Re- 
only a Tranflation from Seneca, fcntment.— Popular Prejudice^ 
with Annotations J but never In- however vindicates our Author 
tended for the Stage.— -To it is in the Alteration he has made, 
annexed a Tranflation of Seneca's and the delightful Manner in 
Anfwer to Ludltus's Query, Why which he has availM himfelf of 
Good Men fuffer Misfortunes? the general Chara£^r of the 

MiDSA. Trag. by y. Stud- Jews, the very QuinteflTence of 

/gy. ■ - T his is the fame Play as which he has enriched his Sly" 

the foregoing, only tranflated by /ock with, makes more than A- 

a different Hand, and with . an mends for his deviating from a 

Alteration of the Chorus of the Matter of Fa^ which he was by 

firft A€t. no Means obliged to adhere to.— 

Medecin malcre lux* The Decifion of Porf/V s Fate by' 

JT/J. LoVE*s C9NTRIVANCES. the Choice of the Caikets affords 

Medley or Lovers. ^;V/. a pleafing Sufpenfe, an4 gives 

Mzss IN HER Teens. Opportunity, for a great many ini- 

Melancholies. ^^. Mas- mitable Refleftions.— The t'ri4 

TER Turbulent. Scene in the fourth A£k is ama- 

Melancholy Vi si oner', singly conducted ; the Anxiety^ 

yiJ, Factious Citizen. both of the Chambers themfelves, 

M E L I c E R T A*. An heroic and of the Audience being 
Paftoral, by Ozr//.— This is only kept up to the very laft Mo- 
a Tranflation from a Piece of the ment ; nor can I clofe my Men- 
fame Name by Moliere, who tipn of that Scene without taking 
wrote the Original at the Com- Notice of the Speech put into 
ftiand of the French Kln%, whofe Porf/ys Mouth in Praifeof Mer- 
Impatiencci- would not wait for cy, which is perhaps tne .fineft 
the^ fo that it was Piece of Oratory on the Subject* 
a£ted in an imperfect State at (tho^ very fully treated on by ma- 
yerfaillei,^in which Condition it uy other Writer^) that has ever 
remained ever after ; t^e Author ^pear*d in our or any other Lan-* 
I fwppofe not thinking it worth guage.— The S.cene lies partly at 
w|iile tocompleatit. . Venice, j^artly 9t Be/ptopt, the 

MsNACHMi. Com. by JT* Seat of Portia on the Continent,'-^ 

JV, 4to. 1595* — ^This is only a For the Alterations which Lord 

Tranflation from PAur/i».— From LanJdavtmt'haA made in this Play, 

this Play the Plot of the Qmifiig Via, Jew or VxNXCx. 

^Errors is borrowed, ,...•; M<»- 

. . ... 

ME- M'K 

M'ekchant^s. Wi'X* y*^ yerhomm, and a frequent UTe of 

AndaOmana. ^ compound Epithets, which feem 

MxRcuBiys Ba i t anki- to be the true CharaAeriftics of 
c u s, or the Englijb JnteHigcnctr* Mr. /////'s Writings, may give an 
Tragi-Com. a£led at P^r.j with apparent StiiTnefs and Obfcurity 
great Applaufe, 4to, 1641.— 'this to a Wprk, yet when once per- 
Piece is wholly political^ the fe^lly digefled and properly deli- * 
Subje^l of it being entirely on the ver^d from the Lips qi Oratory* 
Ship Money, which-was one of they certainly add great Force and 
the great Points that occaiioned Weight to ' the Sentiment,— nor 
the Troubles of j^. Charles L-— can it furel^ be confidered as pay- 
Several of the Judges are attacked ing this Author any very exalted 
in it under feigned I^amcs, parti- Compliment to rank the Tragedy 
cularly JufH^e Hutton and Juftice^ of Merope as fuperiox to any one 
Cochy under the Namt^s of Htf' which has hitherto appeared fince^ 
tenpuSy and CorvHs AcfUus ^ asif. nor can there, perhaps, af^ear a 
ziiQ Pjytin, wholsintipducedun', ftronger Evidence in its Favour^ 
dcr the Chara6l$r of , .p4:i>i?flr.— than the Ufc which fome of the 
It confifts of pnlv four ihort A^s> later tragic Writers have made 
and of th^ fifth is ifaid in the . of the Deiign oi this Play, hav- 
Epilogue as follows. '' 7/ is de- ing more or lefs adopted the Plot 
terminedby the JE^ih, the. JMif' as the Ground Work of their 
trejs ofpublicke Plays, that the next own Pieces, as Witnefs the Tra- 
pay (by JoveV Permjpon) the , gedies of Barlaroffa, Crtufa^ Dou- • 
£pb JlBpiaJlbeaSiedupon'Tyhetf glas, ice. — Tht Story of Metope 
t Jbmld Jay Tyburiie^ by a new u well known in Hiftory 3 and 
Sodety 9fAhi!iMXti\Xit%*yiyeJeBfiym the Scene lies at A^f/ne.— 'Dur- 
Before the JBrft A(k- is prefixed injg the Run of this Piece the 
this other Title, vis. il>e Cen- Author died.^ 
fare of the Judges, or tht Court . Mxkopz.* Trag. by M» de 
Cure, Vj^aire^ trimflated by Dr. 7^9- 

MsmcVitY viNDicATiD boldy Svo. 1 744.— This is a 

from Akhmmfis at Court, by Gen- xnere Tranflation, and was never 
tlemen the King's Servants, by, brought on the Stage. 
Ben yon/ott. ¥o\, j6^, Mzropz. Trag* by Mr..^^^. 

MxRQTZ. Trag. by Aaron Ital. and Englifh, 8vo. X74o.^« 

HtH. 8vo. 1748.— »— This Play This is only the Jiteral Tranfla- 

was, and iHll continues to be, tion of an Italian Tragedy on the 

uSted with great Applaufer— It is fame Subje^ on the foregoing 

greatly borrowed from the Me- Pieces, having the Od^nal print- 

rope of Voltaire, yet has Mr. Hill, ed with it Page by Page, for the 

whofe Manner and Style are very Ufe and Inftru£^ion of Perfons 

peculiar and original, made it inclined to become Mailers of the " 

entirely his own by his manner Italian Language, 
of tr;wflating it. — Some Critics Merry Beggars. Vid, Jd- 

there are indeed who have found Vial Crew. 
Fault with this Gentleman as a The Merry Coblzr. A 

turgid and bombaft Writer \ to Ballad Farce, by Cba. Coffey, 

their Opinions, however, lean- 1731. — This is a fecond Pwlo.^ 

not fubfcjibe, for altbo' it nay the Devil to ^oy, ox \\w6 Wi«uei 

he allowed that a pecnliar Ordo Metamorpbojed \ Wt ^t\ti^ V>^ tvo 

O X \>t,^^ 


Pfgrec equal to the firft, it was Writings in the Comic Way j it 

tjcftrvedly damnM the f!rft Night was Undertaken at the Comznand- 

arrfie Th. Roy. in Dr, Lane. of Queen Eiixal/eth, who being ' 

M'ekr V CijcKOLO. /W. Ci- a VC17 great Admirer of thcCha- 

TV Bri^i. raO'cr of /tfj?/3jf in thctwo Parts 

The MxFfRY Divrt or En- of Henry W, infifted oh feeing 

MOWTOJc. Com Anonym. 4to. what Figure he woul'd make in 

i6i:c.-*This Ccmedy isattribut- Love. — How greatly our Author 

cd by Kirkman ta Shakefj[>eare, but was able tO execute any Defign' 

on what Foundation 1 know not, that was hinted to hinxthis Play 

as there do not appear in the fufficientJy evinces. There is 

Piece iifc'f any Marks that itad perhaps no Piece ia our own or 

to the Confirmation of fuch a any other Language in which fd 

Suggeftion.— Cx iir takes Notice extenfivc a Croupe of perfe£( and 

of an old MS. to this Play thar highly fini(hed Char^£lers arc (et 

he has feen, which fpeaks it to forth in one View. — In the Cba- 

have been written by Michael radter of Juftice Shallow he has 

Jj^aytM. — ^The Plot is founded on gratified a very innocent Revenge 

the Hi/lory of one Veter Tahal^ on a certain Magiilrate, wbo> 

of whom more particular mention in Kis Adolefcent Years,- had 

is made in futttri Church BiJIory, been unceafonably harih upaa 

and in the Chronicles of Hiuiry him, yet he has with fo 

VI's Reign.-^cene EimontM, inofFen6ve a PtayfUliicfs as beaiv 

The M £K R Y M A s <^v £- ftrong. Teftimony to hia own 
RAnzjtf, ox the Bumorifi' Cuckold. ' Goo^YS^tiain^ having; onl^rreiw^ 

Com. Anonym; Svo. XTp.— der*<l him' faughahle withouC ' 

Not aifted, bur among the Pubti- path^Ag at him aoj of the Ar^ 

•atfoixs of that Yiear. rows of malevol'ent or noTg^Baat 

, Ms UK v Mi t KM A LD 1 OP I^ Sadie.— i7r)f^ dTowa. t(ia to bfr 

LiKGTON, f7i/..MvRX0P Nxw e^Aly formed^ tnd' as. it was- 

Ma b XT t . written before the Tine that^mr 

The MfRRT FsANrs, or Jonjon had lAtrpduccd thcTailc' 

Windmll KiU. F^rce. Anoaytri. for a cold etabosate Kogubcity,. it 
170-4. — Thiis r nevec faw. . pfainly provea. that our iinmorta]. 

The Merity Sailors^ or Bardwasbyno-MejQsinca^aEIieof 

thr KaneBbrd' hit, A Tixct, 1 707. poliiking, tn^ regulatine his Plots 

-—This Piece if mentioned na to an. e^ual Degree of £xa£Lne/8« 

where but 'in the Britijb T&eatrej had not his Choice, of hiilorical 

an* by the Title T Ihould' rather Phas very frequently compeAM 

canceivc it to have been a Droll himr &nd the unbrTdTed Strcng^ 

a^ted af fbnie of the* Faits^ than of his Imagination as often la- 

ji regirf^ Farce Cor a Theatre. duced him to 9*erieap the S>oundfi * 

'MvRRY Swain. J^/V/.Rivai of thofe dramatic Rules, which 

KrTATKt, were firft effabliihed by Writers * 

Merry Tricks. J^/. Kam who knew jiot what it was t<» 

Ac&ZY. write» to a£t» to think, above all 

/ The MxR.RY Wives or Rule.— — Z^nj^Wnf fuggefts that 

Windsor.. Com. hy JfT^Shakef- the Circum/!ances of Sir ^*b«'8 

/fdTf, 4to* 160R.— -This Piece is being conveyed out of Doors in 

aJJowed by the Critics to be the tVve Bvkckb^^t^ and his relating 

Ma/ieg Ficcc of thii AuOior's Vu% vjYvq\&. \tvvc\%>^^ >k*\v\w \&\^. 


Mt MI 

f^itd to Her HtaAand vntfer the Pbeim, jiiKler the Tkle of ^TSBr 

Vame of Mk*. BrMJb are homnr- Hfyffue o/^pfoh Svo« 1640. 
erf from feme Novefe."- " B qt a< Jvfi chaelmas Ti r m K. 

tiiefe Cii^umftances jwe only ta Cnn. by TBo. Middtefon^ 4to. 

fee feond" rn a CbHcffion of No- ^^07. This Pliay was fundry" 

▼eh piAHfted' fincc Shakej^eare^t Thnc? aAcd. — It is of a njoderate 

Time, I cannor tfrink ^txz is a Lengthy but is not drvidied into 

fofficicntFoTjiwhttton taborldftich A6;s; 

a Sutmife upoir.-^The Soene at IVfiCKocosMVs. A Moraf 

Wtndfir, • lbfafq«e, by Tho, Nahhes, 4to. 

Mkssalina, fAp Roman 1637. — This has two Copies of 

SmprejTy her Tragedy, hj Nath* Verfts prefix'd, one of thim by 

Ricbafds, 8vo. 1690. — The Plot Jticb, Brome, 
of this Play is from Suetonhir, Middlesex Justice, yid, 

Plify, Javenaly and other Aq- Covxkt Garden weeded, 
thors wno have writteir on the Mipsummee Nigh t*8 

vicious C^arafter of Aat mfetiate 1!Xg£AM. Com. by H^, SJ^akeC- 

Woman. — Itisufher*din by fix ^are, 4X0, 1600.— This Play i« 

0>pie8 of Verfcs. — Scci^c Rotxe, one of the wild and irregulaip 

The Metamorphosis, or Overftowings '• f this great Aa- 

tht oU Lover out%uJtted, Farce, by thor's creative hnagirration.— It 

yahrtCerti'y 4to. 1704.— »This is now never afVed under its ori.« 

was aftad it the Theatre in jL/W.- ginal Form, yet it contains an 

Jfitt'Ffeitk, -*> yacoh has made a infinite Number of Beauties, ?tnd 

ConfiifioQ in Regard to thh the different Parts of it have been 

F^ree^ giving it rn two different made Ufe of feparately in the For- 

Placts to Authors of the £ime matbn of more Pieces than one. 

Name, and calKng it in one Pkce — ^The Parts of OBeron and Tita* 

a Tranflation fit>m Moltere, an4 nia, tor Example, are the Ground' 

in the other an Alteration of Afi- work of tjbe Fairies i the Story 

AMfuiXAr.— -The httter, however, of Pyramus and Tkihe has been • 

is the right, it confimng only of ahb performed fing^ under the 

th«t Part of the Plot of the faid Form of an Opera j and the tMX 

Comedy, which relates to the o- more comic Parts of it have been 

Trer - read^mg of PamhJpbs by printed by themfblves in Quarto 

Means of the pretendtd Trans- under the Title of Bottom tbf 

formation of Trmctf/D.-— This ffeaver, and ufed frequently to 

Miihike, however, has ariien be ai^d at Bartholomew Fair, an4 - 

from confonn^ng^ Mr. Corey the other Fain in the Country by 

Authpr of the Cenerov\ Ehemiei, the ArolKng Companies.— —Th€ 

with Mr. Corey the Comedian, Scene is in Athens, and a Wood 

who was the Compiler of this not far from it. 
Piece. The Minor. Com. of three 

ThtMrrAMORPHOS^DGrr- Afts. ^ySmnuelFoote^Zvo* 1759. 

81 Es. A Maf(|ne, by Ben yott^ ~Thi8 Piece was firft prefentfd 

fan, Fof. r64T.— Thrs Piece was in the Summer Seafon at the 

thfice]}rHejitedhefbre K,y4mes I. Little Th. in the Hit^marktt^ and 

'-^FirA^ at Bttrleigi on l£e Hill, tho" it was peicfocmed by an en- 
next tt Bihuoir €zfi\t^ and hftly tirely pong andunpra£HsM Ccn- 
9t H^ndf»r' m Atf, ft6^r.-— ^It pany, h l»iought hiU Houles for 
W98 fOntt^ hmri irirb other thtrty-c&^'VK^Vu^SfikaxTwi^ 

O 3 ^"^ 


•£the Yetfi and continues AUI one This Tiagedy is founded on xcA 

of the Aock Pieces for the Win- Fa£ls which happened not long 

ter alfo. — As the principal Merit before^ and is illuhrated with hi- 

df all this Gentleman*s Writings ftorical Annotations.-^The Story 

confifts in t|ie drawing peculiar of it is the fame as that which 

Characters well known in real Denhan made the Ground Work 

Life, which he heightens by his of his Stpby, and which may be 

own Manner of perfonating the found in Sir 7^. Herhert*s Tra- 

Ori^als^oD the Stage, it will be vels ; yet has Mr. farm* handled 

necelTary to inform Poilerity that it in a very different Ajf anner from 

in the Chara£lers of Mrs. Coli that Author, having finiihed three 

and Mr. Smirk, the Author re- compleat A€ts of this, before he 

l^efented thofe of the celebrated faw that Tragedy ; nor found 

Mother D^gUs, and as celebrated himfelf then difcouraged from 

an Audioneer ; and that in the proceeding, on a Confideration oi 

Conclufion or rathet Epilogue to the great Difference in their re- 

the Piece fpoken by Shift (which fpe^ve Purfults of .the fame 

the Author performed, together Plan.— f^ircii has made yon/en** 

with the other two Characters) CataUne in great Meafure his 

^e took off to a {^eat Degree of Model, having not only followed 

£xa<ftnefs, the Manner and even the Method of his Scenes, but 

Perfon of that moft noted enthv- even imitated his Language, and 

fiaftic Preacher, and Chief of the any one may perceive that his 

Methodifls, Mr. Geo, Wb-tf-^li, Ghoft of Emir-bmnxf-H^Shrma is 

—And indeed, fo happy was the an evident Copy of .that of ScyUs 

Succefs of this Piece in one Re- in Cataiine.'^l^ is however a good 

fpeCt, that it feemM more effec Play, and is commended by five 

tually to open the Eyes (of the Copies of Verfes by his C^ai^rrVl^r 

Populace efpecially) in Regard to Friends, but whether ever aCted 

the Abfurdities of that pernicious I know not. 

Set of politic EnthuiiaAs, than The Misxa. Com. by 7^ 

all the more ferious Writings Sbadwell, 4to. 1672.— This Play 

that had ever l)een publiihed a- by the Author^s own Confeflion 

gainft them.— Mr. Fo^e has been is founded on the Avare of Mo- 

accufed oi borrowing not only the Uen, which is itfelf alfo built on 

Hint, but even' the whdle of the the Aulularia of Plautut^'—^bad' 

Character of Mrs. CoUi from an-« wll, however, has by no Means 

other Piece which was at. that been a mere Tranflator, but has' 

. Time only in £i»^o.— What added confiderably to his On* 

iuftice there is in this Charge, ginal. 
owever, w e may perhaps canvafs The Misks, Com. by H» 
farther in another Part of this Fielding^ 8vo. 1734. — This Play 
.Work, when we come to make was aaed with great Applaufe at 
mention of that Piece. the Theatre Roy. in Drury Lane, 
The M I R a o u K . * Dramatic and is the Piece which now con- 
Satire. Anonym. 8vo«' 1756.— tinues to be performed aamially ; 
Never aCted. yet, notwithftanding iris the 
MiaaovR ot ths latk Work of aveij capital Hasd, I 
TiMXS. Vid, Rump. cannot think it in any Degree 

MiazA. Trag. by M. Bs* cijual to the Original. 
/M> Svp,^6^7, ortbcres^ut,<-* TVit Uuia% Cqou by y. 


K»^i>A.— This is only a firft A£b' inight arife, fince even in the 

of a Tranflation from Af^itre^ Reprefentation of what might 

which the Author either did not itfelf exceed the Bounc^ of Na** 

think worth while preferring, or tare, the enchanted Audience 

elfe was prexented by the Stroke could fcarcely perceive that thef: 

of Death from finifting.-^lt is, were not walking in her vtsj 

however, publiflied with his o* ftraiteft and mod limited Paths. 

ther Dramatic and. poetical Miss Lucy in Town. Far. 

Works. by H, Fielding, 4to, 174JO.— — 

The Miser. Com. hjOxelL This Piece, which is. a Sequel or 

—This is Nothing more than a Second Part of the Virgin un^ 

literal Tranflation unintended for mafied, was prefented for fome 

the Prefs, of the celebrated French Nights at Dr, Lane Theatre, and 

Play fit Moliire, from which all met with Applaufe. — But it "be-^ 

the above- mention^ Pieces have ing hinted that a particular Man 

been borrowed. of Quality was pointed at in one 

Mi»Eaii8 ofCxvil Wa as. of the Chara^ers, an Application 

Vid. >HsNKY VI. was made to the Lord Chamber- 

TheMisxRiisor iNFORCEp Iain, who fent an Order to for- 

Marriagx. Com. by Geo, bid it being performed any more* 

ffllkins, ^to, 1637. -To this The Mis taxi. Com. by 

Comedy Mrs. Bri'ff is^ndebted for' Sir John Fanburghy 4to. 1706. 
great Part of the Plot of her —This is an admirable Play, and 
To'^ii Tot y or ^\T Timothy TaW' always meets with Applaufe.-^ 
</iy.—- She has, however, coniider- The Quarrelling Scene between 
ably improved on this Play, Carhs and Leonora is pei haps as 
which is not even divided into highly touchM as any we have 
'Ads. in the whole Lift of Englijb Co- 

MisKR*! Rztrsat. Vid* medies. 
Whim. Mistake. Vid. Young 

Miss in her Teen9, or^ RrNo. 
MidUj ofLweru Farce, by D. Mistaken Beauty, otthi 
Carrtck,%yo, X747.-— This Farce Lyar, Com. 4to. 1685. Anon* 
met with great Succefs, and in- T his is little more than a 

deed defervedly fo, it being a Tranflation of the' Menteur of 
laughable and diverting Piece. ComeilU. hit. Hart was much 
The CharaAen of K^ and Fri^ admired for a^ing the Part of 
Ue may perhaps be confidered as Dprant in this Play, yet it met 
fomewhat Outr/, and too much with no great Succefs.— 'There it 
on the Caricature, but that has an earlier Edition of it, under the 
ever been allowed in Farce, or latter Title only, in Folio. 16619 
what the French call the Baffe The Mistaken Husbanp* 
Cemedie, where Pfobability is frt" Com. by Dryden, 4to. 1675.-— 
quently facrificed to Invention, This Play is on the Model of 
and a ftri^ Adherence to Nature, Plautus*s Meneechmi, and is ex* 
to Hum^r and Ridicule.— And tremely farcicil.—- It is not, how- 
mottfPitx, the inimitable Per- ever Mr. Dryden\ being only a- 
formancesiof the Author and Mr. doptcd by him and enriched ^ith 
fVoodward in thefe Chara£^ers one good Scene from his Hand* 
feem*d to overbeareven thc,flight- ^-The real AnthiOC it^ I h«Uvie.> 
9itK§MdQucithh JCind thit unkaowii* 

MO- MO . 

•hie Mistakes, orthtFalJb^ The Mbcr ItecTOitx wttif 

ttefort. Com. by jhfiph Narrts^ Ifmmi Lath cured, A Ballad Fa» 

4ta. i6ig[0.— Thk Pl^y was Mrrit- fcf 19* Ffenr'f^, 9rOh T733. — Th'f 

ten by another PeHen, bat faUin^ Pttii^ Piece is tafeen- wh<»My fiswn 

into this Gcntkman's Hands, he ^e Afetkcin mahre^lui of Mhlicrcf 

nfadte nitnfAJtrerations ieitcon> encepting the Songs, whklv are 

fidcrably for the worft.— -Yet not rtrf numerous.— -Some otiier 

Dryden bcftowc* a Prologue on Written have made Uife- of Hiat 

It, Ta'e an Epifogue, tnd'Af&«»f'- Comedy as the Ground-worfc of 

firt a whole Scene in the faft their Pieces, but by attempting 

A<1» and many other Corrections, to enlarge on an<* improye' it have 

— Notwithftanding: which it re^ abfoloteiy fpoiFd it. — Thi« Au- 

tntina a tedious dffiigreeable Play, ^tM^> howerer^ whofe natural 

and many of the Scenes which Bent of Geniu» had the fan-.© 

are printed in this Edition of it. Kind of Turn with that of Mo- 

wet e obliged to be omitted in the Here bimfelf, has been eontentcd 

Reprefentation^ with only giving a fprighlly and 

JffrsTAKB WFON MrsTAKX. happy Tranflation of him-, vary*. 

Vid. p£APiEx*D Couple. fng no more from his Chiginal 

IVFjs TRESS. Vid^ Bella- with ^Ilefpe€t to Plot, Inciticnt 

iwiKA. or Conduft, than the difterent 

Mus; I^AELiAMENT^ NEW Tafte of the two Narions rcn- 

Vaoaryes. ^rf. Wiw Mar- der'd abfolutely nece(}ary : By 

KET Falk. which Means he hae introduced 

Mr. Taste, the rexTi- the Foreigner amongit us pofi. 

CAt Fo^P, or the Modet of the fcfs'd of all his natural Vivacity 

Court, Com. Anonym. Swc. and Htrmour, and wi^ no other 

T73Z.— CM* this Piece f know no Alteration than that which his own 

more than the Name. J*o/rf(^wouWncceflrarilyoccafion, 

Mi-THRrn-ATE* King op w«. the being drefs*d in- the full 

Po N T u 8 . Trag. by l^ath, Lee, Mode of theCountry he is vifiting. 

4to. 1678',— This P!ay fs found- —How ftr the Author was rightin 

ed Oft fiiftory, for which fee the Performance of this A^thod 

/tpfian^ Fhrus and Pfittarcte — the Succefe of the Piete (nffttt' 

The Scene lies in Sywpe, — The enely evinces 5. it havihg been rc- 

Bptlogue written by Mr. Drjdht, eeived with universal Approba- 

MecK Asteolo^ex. f^, tion at its £rfl? Appearance, and 

BVe wi jTC's Lov E . continuing to this Bay one of the 

The Mocx Captaiit, Far. eonffant ftandin^ Ifeferts to oor 

iy Tb^, Drufjy Svo.' iTjy.— dramaftc Cotfattons, notwith- 

Whether this Piece was ever plaid f^andfng the inffnity of Ar/Vw 

f know not, as ft neither appears trteet that have appeared' fince. 

in Whincofs Cktalogue, nor is The Mock' ENtexlist, dr 

mentioned hy Fiffar in his ^^r^ The Fjcwnch Vaeet. Cortl, 

mml ^tfp^r.r-Yet, as it is tlms by P. B, 4x0. 1675.— This J*^ 

nMn'*d m the Bntifi theatre, I was z9ti at the Tn. Hoyaf witn 

baw given it 9 Hace here. A>me Sbcce^, an(f fs, in Conlb^ 

' MoeK GoR-oAATXocr. FkK ^ucnce of the l*etters affixed- to 

FKrmf-BBR*^8 Flight. itj attrihuteif by hai^aHir tsA 

K Mock CewwTEst, *-.fV. jiw* to one Hfr. Ptter Jft&fr,^^ 

J^^y's THi Plot. icta^ Gf^^tnf^grdm* • 



MbcxGoYEHNOR^ i^i.SAif-. JMqck Thyesti*. - Farce* 
CHo AT Co u ft r. by Jolm Wright, 8vo. ^674.'?-''i-». 

The Mock Lawyi*. Fat<;e, This Piece is w^itt^nio burle/q«e 
hj Edw, Pbilips, 8vo. 1733. — ; Verfc, and is oae Woof among 
This was ade'd at Dr, jMinc with ' many that 6ui;lefque# are no( 
foxne Succei^. always intended^ . ( as th^y are. 

ATocK Marxiagx. ^/V/.Hno nioii generally mmaken to hs) 
clishMoor. as* a Ridicul^ on ' mo£e Authors 

The MbcK Marri-agi, C; \('ho are olthsr parodizM- or tra- 
fcy TA>. Scptf 4to; 1696. — TKis veftiedin them, but only as the 
Ffay was the tfrft Attempt of a yeu 4''.Efprit of ^ lively and in- . 
young Authpr In .the. dramatic genious Im'a^n^tion j iince the, 
Way, and was p'er formed in aq^ very Piece of Siit^ca on which* 
indiflTerent Part of the Seafon,.yet Mtn^J^Jgbt has built the Plan of^ 
if met with cQnfi4crable Appro-. hi§ MocTtrTragedy, the vi^lamc 

bation. —The Scene, is laid in * Gentleman hiirt^ken t^he^greateil- 

Londotty the Plot I heUevQ 9ri- ' Paii^s in a feriotus. Trandation 0^ 
ginal, ' - Whicii he ejQcpwjed with great Ac^- 

The Mock Preacher. Ear. curacy and.Eloig^nfe, and which 
Anonym, and without Date^ but^ wa3 printed and puhliihe4 together . 
mentioned by the Authoc. oijth^ with this Burlfffiyie* 
Briti/b Tbeatrcy and by hiin only^, Mop^N 71VS I^nir. Piik 
Uffnt o£ tl^e Pieces fin^, 17QO. FiMALZ. Rake. , 

The IVfocK Xempest» or tb^ The Modx&n HvSBAKn. C* 
Micbanted Cajlle, Farce, Ky 7&i. by .^ Fielding^ %to*. f734.»-* 
D^ffti^ ^to. 1 676. — "Xh\% PTcQtt This Pl^ wata^ed at the Theat* 
wasaAsd at th& ^toL Kt^u anid in Dr, Lane wdth iomfk^cditt ; 
written pfi»])ofely m a burlei^i&e but never cerked iince» 
Stjle.— The Deitgp of it was ta Moaxr^ Voxtaj^txm^ ol* 
drasiirawigf the Audience from the r DtreSfers no' Conjurors, A Farce.,, 
other TheaUe^to which at thRt Anpnym. \jXJ^ontb»fammi Ode 
"Hme there was a.veiY g^eat re-' ffritersy Satyr1fls,Panigju't/k, Sto*.: 
idrtr., drawn thithet in Conft^ of^i^ fuJjsat'tiwSffattdwrPf' 
quencet of the Ap|)lau(e g^eai ' tron*^ Uf^ — This Piece I htvcr 
xh Dradi^ Alteration of thet never (esn, nos find. anf Accounlk; 
TTm^jf^ which was then ift its ofhut in CoxtUri^lAS, where t. 
full 'Ran; Bm it was inter- find it menl^iimed by the abovet- 
tfiixed with fo much Scurrility^ Title. -^ iL was never a£ted^ and., 
and RiBaTdry^ that altha* it met feems hy Ua Title to be only ^ 
with (ome CttlJs. Succels at fir({«. Piece of peHonaL Satire and. pat-- 
itprefently felT to tbe.GrouniL tialAhujfe, nmther intended nor 
and when it came to be prefenteS fit for the Stogpk 
in Dul/in, (everal Ladies and Per- The Mon%.RN PROSuiT,s,,otM 
fons of the bed Qiuility teftUyed Uew ff^ii fir an Hu/boKd, Com. 
their DilTike of fuch low and in- by Tbo, Durfyf 4to. 1707.. ■ ■ 
decent Stuff,l>y quittingthe Houfe This Piece u an exceffive had 
bcibre the Performance waa half one, having no kindef Ment but 
•▼er. the expofing, with focne lUjtlo 

Mock T^statqr. ^id, Humeur, a SJet of abfuiji Enthu-^ 
Wits* fiaib who oude their Agfiear- 



• U O MO 

tnce af that Time under the Title in the Year 1760. — Which fee in 

'^f the Fnn^b Prtj>tets, its proper Place. 

TheMoosKN Wjfi, or tit Mooisk Gallants. Fid, 

^irj^in her own Rival» Com, by' iKTRinviitG Couatjers. 

y.Steventf'^vo. 1745. -^— This The Modish*Husiand. €• 

Iriece is faidto have been intend- by Cba, Burnabyy 8vo 1702.— ' 

ed for Reprefentation at the New This Play was performed at Dt* 

' Theatre ia the Haymarket,-^Tht Lane, and was damned. — Yet 

Name affixed to it is that of a fome Excufe is to* be made for it^ 

Bookfeller, who was remarkable *» it appears Vy the Preface to have 

Cor clandcftinely obtaining Copies been written in a Month^s Time, 

of any little poetical or ' other ^^^ is to fay if any Excafe ought 

Pieces that he could lay Hands to be made for tlie Aflfrpnt thrown 

00, and publifliing them not only 09 the Public by Authors, in 

without, but even againft the Con- protmding on them their hafty 

fent of their Authors^ and there- lin$nifli*d Performances, 

fore, as his own Abilities appeared Modish Xb vz r s. rid, 

fcaice equM to the Production of Mall. 

a dramatic Piece> of even fo in- MdnisH Win. y7d, Tom 

4ffitrent a Degree of Merit as IEssknce^ 

this^ which by the Way, he pub- The Mohocks, A Tragi- 

liwed by Subicription ror hi^ own . comical Farce, as it is affed (fays 

Xmolumeat; it will not appear, ^^^ Title Page) near the fyiatch' ' 
perhaps, too uncharitable to fufpdfl . ^»fi i» Co vz n t G a r d z n> Svo,- 

that it was not Bit own, but only i7U« This Piece was never ' 

p«ocur*dy like his other Publica- •ckd, bat it! printed with a De* 

tions, by Health. ' df cation to Mr. !>***,{ I>eMmtJ 

MoPM OP THZ Court. Fhf, and has been «ttrib»ated in general 

Mr. Ta^ts trz poetical to Mr. G^ry^ but hoiwtmly I can-' 

Fop . Hot pretend to affirm.— -The Su* 

Mod ishCitxszk. Fid* F a 1 r le^ of it is an Ezpofition of thC 

£ic A M p L K • Behaviour <^ a Set of mifchievous 

The Modish Coi^plx. Coai. yonng Men who were diftingoiih* . 

by Capt. ^oaSnif , 8vo. 1733. This e^ hy the Title of Mthech (at 

Play was a^ted atDr. LtfMwith- thofe of the preftnt Time vf. 

out any great Snccefsu —Yet I by that, of Bucks and Bboels) and 

think it feems entitled to an e- who ufed^ on the Prefumption of, 

^al Share with moft of the Co- their being proteded by Rank or 

medies otf about that Period. —.- Fort&ne from Puni(hment for 

There is no great Intricacy in the their Errors, to miftrcat every in- 

Plot, nor ftriking Novelty in the offenfive Perfon whom they met 

Characters; yet the Dialogue is abroad, under the Idea of Frolicks. 

eafy and unforced, and there is — Thefe pernicious Beinigs have 

Nothing either in the Condu£t or almoft always fubfifted under one 

Sentiment that difgufts, which it Title or other, and it feems re- . 

perhaps as, much as can be faid of markable that they have ever di- 

inoft of our Modem Comedies.— ftinguiihed themfelves by fuch as 

From it has fince been taken a in feme Degree point them out to 

Tarce cstUed A^rriage-a-la-Mode, he tht Fera Nature 'y xhc modem 

performed at Mr, Tate's Benefit Race hovitNW, fcctcAi^ ta Uave 


ntber more of the Monkey than this Comedy the Author w^i an- 

. the Bear in them, confioe them* aiTifled^by his Friend Beaumom 

felves to lefs Savage Kinds of (who probably was dead before 

Mifchief than thofe (linted at the Writing of it) or any other 

here, who ufed to ftop at no Bar- Perlbn, but was not publiflied till 

barity^ cutting and maiming in'r after his Death by Richard BrpmCf 

nocent Perfons with their Swords^ who dedicated it to Charles Cotton, 

Sic, and indeed imitating the un- a« a great Admirer of the dead 

poli(bed Nation whole Name they Author^s Works and Memory.— « * 

afTumed. It was afterwards revived on the 

Moll Cutporsi. yid. Stzgc by 77>o, Durfty, under the 

Ro A R I N G G I a L . Title of Trick for Trick. —The 

MoMva TVRN*o Fabulist, Sztttt London, 
or VulcatCs Wedding, Ballad Op. Moniy is an Ass. Com. by 

Anonym. 1730^ — This Piece hs^ Tbo, Jordan^ 4to. 1668. — This 

a confiderable Share of Merit, the Play was a Aed with Applaufe \ 

Chancer of Motuus being well the Part of Capt. Pennilefs, fhe 

fupported, ancl almoft every Song principal Chara^er in it, 'having 

contrived to be a Fable prettily been performed by the Author.'»« 

told, and conveying a pleafing It is one of the Pieces publifhed 

fatirical Moraf. — It was aded at by Kirkman^ and Langbaine (mt* 

Lincoln S'Inn-Fields with Succeis. mlfes from the Stile, that it is 

MoNSisuR Di PouRCEAVG- older than the Date of its Public 

VAC, or Sfuire Trei/ooly, Anon, cation. 

410.1704. — ^This Piece was afted Money*8 th* Mistrk»« 

at the Subfcription Mufic at the Com. by Tho, Southeme, 4to. 
Th. Roy. in Lincoln* snlnn-FieldSf 1715.— >This Author*s Comedies 

Mar. 20. 1704. by a fele^t Com- are oy no Means equal to kit 

pany from both Houfes.— -*It is Tragedies, nor is this even the 

done mXQEngUJb from Mdieri* bsftoftheformer, yetit metwith 

Comedy of the lame Name, which fome Approbation on its Appear- 

1tras made and performed for the ance at Lincoln's Inn-FieUb'^-Tht 

Diverfion of the French King. — - Author was Sixty-five \^n of 

The Scene of this lies in London, Age when it appeared, ir may ^ 

and it has a Prologue by Dr. Garth, therefore be confiderM as the xtry 

whom Coxeteri MSS. hints to laft dying Embers of his poetical 

have been the Tranflator of the Fire, 
whole. MooR or Vknxcx. Fid, 0- 


K AG, or SquircTreehoiy, by Ozeli, Moor*s Rxyencx. Vid* Ab^ 
— -A mere TranHadonof Afo/Z^re's delacar. 
^Uy, never intended for the More Dissemblers be- 
Stage. SIDES Women. Com. by Tho, 

MoNSiEiTR D*Olivb. Qofa* Middleton, 8vo. 1657. Scene 
by Geo, Chapman, 4X0/ 1606. — > Milan, 

This Play was efteemed a good Mors Wats than one*' 
one and met with Succe/s. yid. Co n t r x v a n c e s . 

.Monsieur Ragout. Fid* More Ways than ovt 
Old Troop. for a Wife. Fsd, Petti^ 

Monsieur Thomas. Com. coat Plotteh. 
by John Fhtcbir, 4(0. 2539««-Ja The Moumi^ « "Bi*K\ik'Sr\-i. > «!t 


Jie TmonHwmurs, Coau Anon. Coustefs tit HertfirtL^-^^n^wak' 

«4to. 197 3^— The Scene in Lwdon, quence of the Snccefe it metveitb, 

•» This Play is a good one, and koweveTf he afterwards on a 
by C»9Uter attributed to Ntvil Publication of his Works aU to- 

fmne. gether, reiiimed his Ciazm to this 

Mqrtimzr*8 Falx. Txag. Piece,. among die reft, «nd, if.i 

. by ^«fr.^«»f/o/7.— 'This Piece is to aaiftake not, without :fotnwch as 

be found amongft^^Mr/on** Works* ackaowledging the AflliUnces he 

.but is no more tluui a FngOKiitf 'had hcd 'firom iiis J'tiend. 

juft begun, «nd left imqperfeft Mother Ship ton, i&fr L/^. 

by Meaps of the Author*s Death. Com. by thaithmnjony^Q. 267 r. 

•—What it would have been, howv- —-This Play it is (aid wasa^ed 

ever, may in fome Meature be nine J^ays &cce(fi«ely with great 

fathered &om the Arguments of Afplaufe, yet- what Merit it has 

each ieveral A£t, which are ptib- can by -no Means be callM its 

liflied to it for the Reader's Satif* own, all f beCharafiers, excepting 

faction. — The LoliB of it is the thofe .which relate to Mother 

more to be regretted, as it* is the Shtpton, being ftolen from Maffiti" 

iinly Plan this Author had -pro- .frer'sCity Madam, zndMkU/itten*i 

caeded on for a dxamatic Piece, CSafie fSat'd inCha^de. —-It has 

jDH a^y Story taken from the Hi* not the Author's Name at length, 

^oiy of our ("W^n iikamatic Af- but only the initial^; which ap- 

fairs. -pears as if he wan aihamed of his 

Most Votes car ay it, -Plagiary. 

^i^. Lovs AT 'A Loas. The Mou a Nru4. Nuptials, 

:MoTHkR Bx>MBTX. Com. Jby xn Lmtt the Cure of all fVou, A 

^M&ff Lilly, M. A. 4to. 1594. Play, byS%0.€00i^, Svo. if^^^-^ 

AAodby the Children ofPmuPs, This, like the reft of thisCen- 

MoTHSR'iN^FAa^HioN. -i^^. tleman*-s dramatic 'Pieces, was 

£>i&AtR9oiKTMKKfr. tfoiothered in the Birth, never 

The MoTHrEitrJN-^Liiiv, lor fhaving been a^d. 

the JiBSortke Difofifij^Qoim \hy Jn» The Mourning Brxdx.Tii. 

'MiliiTt '8v9." 17^55.— ThissCtome- "^ fViOmpvoty 4X0, 1697.— This 

dy was a6ted with vsry^ieat Sue- is the only Ttagedy thb Author 

cais at the Theatne ifi ^itJh^ ever wrote, and 'met with -more 

aMri(«r«— •'Phe Scrsonof Jtjb laid in Succeie than any of his other 

London, and the Plot is compound- Pieces, yet it is xertainly^grcatly 

ed of thofe of two Comedies of inferior to the very worft of them, 

Molint, vis. the Monfimr Jiour- for altho* -the. Story is a:plealfing 

XM^mu and the -Makda »im^- and «rfS^lflinig one, luid well itolda 

naire, — The Author recei¥ed.£oiRe yet . the ^TawigiMige ibas fo much -of 

Holps ia rtfae Gompofitmn ifrom ihe bMibafty-^uklib kttle of *rtifl 

Mr.>HMry£tflrr,^fidbeisigat(tfatt Nature in it, that it is fcaroefy 

fTioie in Orders, j«id jfoniowhat jrvfibleiit coi^d ibc*the Wo^ of 

apprehenfive of the Eflfe^blhat a «a AuHiocj ta r ema s fa aUe.fartthc 

(uKiwn-Applicalion tt thMtikal contrary inithe «etfy 'flowing Wit 

Writing might ha«e onrhij Pro- of bis CiDmcdses.'««» 1^ Seene'is 

SMtioB in •the tQbuiVh, ike ipse- laid. in.fifaK<OMU^of tkeiKing of 

vaUadoB tbAcGenHtnMnlo faft Vakntia, 

as the foJe Autkwrof the Riaee* ' Mu cmtmmv^, the^t^H^ott of 


M U M U 

■ - • * 

j'i Daughter of Antgonf with hy %Bn Mafim, 410. 1610. — — 
the mtrry Conceits of the Moufe. What Merit this Play might 
Com. Apon, 410. 1668. -—This really pofTefs, I will not pretend 
Piece is in ibme of the old Cata- to fay, having never had an Op- 
legues (aid to be Shakefpeare't, but , portunity of meeting with it ; but 
was never publiifaed among his that the Author himfelf had a 
Works. -"It is rather a Kind of ihofl: exalted Opinion of it, is ap« 
Droll or Farce than a regular Co- parent from its Title Page, in 
medy, and ufed frequently to be i^hich he not only ftiles it a wot- 
ferformed for the Divertion of thy Tragedy, but quotes the fol- 
Country People at Chriftmat lowing Line from Horace for its 
Time.— *Tis probable there muft Motto, viz. Sume fuperbium qtutfi" 
hare been an Edition earjier than turn myitis, and in another Edition 
this. of it in 4to. 163a, it. is called, 

• M9CR ADO ABOvT No- oti eKcellttit Tragedy o^Muleas- 
TitiNO. Com. by fV, Sbakefpeare, ses the Turk, and Borgias Go^ 
4to. 1600.^ — This Comedy, tho* vernor of Florence, — ^Full of inter- 
not free from Faults, has never* changeable Variety, beyond £x- 
thelefe numberlefs Beauties in it, pe£tation» — Divers Times adled 
nor is there perhaps in any Pky (with general Applaufe) by the 
fo pleafinga Match of Wit and Childrenof his Majefty*s Revels, 
lively Repartee as is fupported be- —Scene Florence, 
tween BenediB and Beatrice in TheMutx or Newmarket, 
this, and the Contrivance of ma- 4to. 1 63x. — This is only an af- 
king them fall in Love with one femblage of three Drolls a£ted at 
another, who iiad both equally Nexvwsarker, all ftolen from other 
forfworn that Paflion, is very Plays.— The Names of them are 
ingeniouilycondufled. The Scene as follows. I. The Ms r r t 
lies in Af<r^'>7tfj and that Part of Milkmaids op Islington, 
the Plot which relates to Claudio or the ramhling Gallants defeated^ 
and Hero, with the BaHar^% II. Love lost in the Dark, 
Scheme of rendering the former or the Drunken Vouple* III. The 
jealous by the Aififtance of Mar- Politic/Whore, or/^&tf con-- 
garei the waiting Maid and Bo* teited Cuckold, —What Plays they 
rachioy is borrowed from the fifth are taken firom has not yet come 
Book of Aritfi^s Orlando furiofo, to my Knowledge, 
m the Story of An'omant and The Muses Looking Glass* 
Geneura, -* The like Story is alfo Com. by Tho, Randolph, 8vo» 
telated in Sfencer*s Fairy Sluem^ l68l.*-This is^ perhaps, one of 
Book 2* C^to 4. the moft eftimable and meritori- 

The Mvlberry Garden, ous of all the old Pieces extant.— * 
Qom.hy%itCba,Sedley,^io, 1668. It contains an Aflemblage of 
—This was eAeemed a very good Charaders whofe. Height of 
Comedy.— There appears how- Painting would do Honour to the 
ever, an evident Similarity of Sir Pens oiSbakeJpear or Jon/on: the 

?k>hn Everyoufig, ioA Sir Samuel Language is at the fame Tim:, 
'orecafttomeSg^nerellezaAAriJle natural and poetical, the Senti- 
of M»liere's Ecole des Maris, Scene ments ftrong, the,Satire poigbant« 
the A^ulkeny Gsrdem near Saint and the Moral both abfolutely 
Jamei^s, ' chafte and doaiV^ c^iv^Yicvxwa.-^- 

' MfftMAiiMs TH9 TvMK, Tf la a Word, ibkfik W »d'0^%^>>^ 


M U N A 


the difference of the Manners, Author*s own ; it was phfed at 

lUid the Want of Intricaqr in the Dr, iLmne Tbeat. with SucceTs. 

Plot, which couldfreveot its be* M vtivs Sc jktol a. An Ital. 

coming one ofche Favorites of the Opera, by P. A, RoHi, Sto. tjzu 

preient Stage. —The Author firft -—Performed at the King's Th.- 

gave it the Title of the Entertain* in the HmpMrhet, — Moft of th« 

wunti and to the laft Edition, Circttrnftainces of the Story are to . 

which is in 8to. 1706, it has the be found in Livy^ Lib. s. Dec. s« 

ficond Title of the Stage revived* —Scene in and near Rmne, 

—The Scene lies in Linden, near MyDas. Com. bf J^hnLyhf^ 

^lack'Tryart* l2mo. 1632.'— The Story of this 

MusicK, or a Parity 6f Jn* Play is reUted at large by .^N*^" 

firumentsy i^to, 1676.— >This little in his Golden Afu See aUb OviJ^t 

Piece is no more than the Com- tAttam. I^ook II. Gakrucbiui^ ice., 

pofitiohoffomeMafterof Mufic, Myrtillo. A Paftorai fn- 

for his Scholars at a Ball. terludc, by ColkyCiUer, 8*. x 7i6» 

Musical Folly. Ftd, ht" —Performed at Z)r. I4»e with act 

iMriNOXNT Patriot. v^ry great Succefs. <— It is fetto. 

MvsTAPHA the Son o/Sotr- Mufic by Dr. Pefufcb, 

Uav the Magnificent, Trag. by My Son git Money, yid, 

Roger "E, of Vrren, Fol. 1677.— Dissxmblsd Wanton. 
The Sceiie of this Play is laid in 

Hungary f and the Foundation of - 
the Story is on Hiftorical Fa£ls, 

for which fee TJmanus, Lib. x.2. 1^ 

KnoHes'i Turktjb Hi/hry, &c. It ^^' 
is efteemed a good Play. 

Mu^sTAPHA. Trag. hj.PUlk tO'AliCY, or the parting Lf^ 
Crtville, Lord tfroeHu, Fol. 1633. |^ vers. A Mufical Interlude, 
•^— As this Phy is built on the by H, Cany, 8yo. 1739. — . This 
fame Foundation ¥rith the prece* Piece was a^ed with Suc^is at 
ding one, it will be needlefs to re- the Theat. in Dr, Lane* 
ferto ainy other Authorities than Narcissus and Eliza. A 
thofe above-mentioned.. •—There dramatic Tale, by Frar as Gen- 
ii an earlier Edition of this Play tlenmn, 8vo. 1754. — This Piece 
in 4to. 1606, but it may rather be was never a^ted nor intended for 
called a Fragment than a Play, the Stage, and is rather a Poem 
being not only incorrect, but ex« than a Play. 
tremely imperfe£t, and probably Narcissus. An Italian Op. 
came out without his Lordlhip*s by P. A, Rolli, 8vo. X720. — ^Th^ 
Knowledge.— The Folio Edition, Plot is taken from Ovid's Mftanu 
however, is perfectly corre£led. Book 1. Fab. 5. 6. and Book 7« 

Mustapha. Trag. by David Fab. 2^--Sccne in Atbent, 

te/^, 8yo. 1739. — ^ThisPlayis Natural Magick. Fid^ 

alfo upon the fame general Plan Novklty. 

^ the foregoing ones, but the Nature's thrxx Daugh* 

Language being more modern and tkrs, Bsauty, Lovi and 

^ poetical, and the Conduit of the Wit, Com. iatwoP4rts,bythc 

f^lot more adapted to the prefent Dutcheft o£ HetocafiUp Folio^ 

Ta^« it may jiiftly be called the 16621 



Natw»e wiLi rmvAiv* Tht Nist of Plats, hf 

Fi</. Lo.v I TRIUMPHANT, Hildebrand Jocobf 8vo, 1738. — 

Kavfbagium Jocularz. This was the firft dramatic inter; 

Com. by jibr, Cctvky, 1638.- .■ tainment licenfed b]^ the Lord 

This Piece, altho* written in Cbamber/ain, after th^ paffing <Df 

Latin, is undoubtedly eatitled to the A£l for reftraining the liberty' 

a Place here, being the Work of the Stage ^ which was of it- 

of an EngKJb Author, and a£led f«lf affigo*d as a Reafon for itt^ 

at the Univerfity oi Cambridge, Want of Succels.— 'Be thkt as it 

by the Members of Trinfty Col- will, the Work was damn*d the 

ledge, on the fecond of Ftk. in the Arft Ni|ht. — - It confifts of thtee 

above Year, which was no more Aort difHn€t Comedies, whofe 

than the twentieth of the Author's Names are as follows. Viz. I. Thfc 

life,— >The Plot is an Original PiodigalriiHormId. ILThe 

Invention. — The Scene Dunkirk, HapptConstancy, til. The 

NxGLKCTiD Virtue, or Trial of Conjugal Loys« 

the UniapPy Cmuerer, Trag. Ato. —All intended together to fbr(|i 

1696. — This nay was publiued the Amufement of one Evening, 

by Mr. Hwrden tbe Player, into The Nxw Academy, or the 

wbofeliSandR it was put, an4 who New Exchange, Com. by Jt/^ik 

wrote ^e Prologne to it, as did Brome, 8vo. 1658. — This Play I 

fir, f^io&^x the 1$pilog9e $ yxt it haift not ktn, nor know th« ilot 

bad veiy litde Sutcefs. ■ 1 S cene of it. 

fbe.papital Oity of>^A/4:. The Niw Athxmxan Co« 

H«'Tv»»V Triumph rt^ MinY,by y;S^ 460. 1693, C9iff- 

T^xRbtvrn OP ALmxoif. A ^f^fnttng tbe PoUtiti, Oecommies^ 

Maigttc^y BeM jMm, pcrfbrmed TaOia, QrfftiCfy Apoeahftk^ Stj^ 

at Cbmt on T'wifii Nigbi, 1614. tia, Set^a, Pneumana, Tbem- 

Nkio Smpxioi OF ^OMX, gta, Poetkit Mathematia, Stf^f' 

lit Tia^ by Natb. Lee, 4tOi ties, Pfogmmia, Dcgmaiiee, Sec* 

167 5. —This Tragedy is written ^ tbtt mtfi leaned &c/«^.— Th^. 

in a fluxM Stile, Part being in Piece was not intended for. thn 

Prole, Pert in Rhime, and Part i^ Stage | it confiib only of tlvee 

blank Yerfe.— The Plpt may be Ads, and i« a low Piece dT 

traced in the Hiftorical Writings Banter bn the jBbenhn 3ocie^, 

fiS Suetomuiy Taetttts, Aftreliut — ^coe ^[iwie&^sjCofie-Hott^ 

i^fhr^ &c.— The Scene itosK. 'Stoekt Market. 

fIxRO, tjbe Treandy rf^ AnoQ. Nvw Case fo» tbx Law- 

4to. 1633.- 'nds Play b- in vxas. ^^ • Wilx, aMd mj» 

tome .of the old Catalogues called Will ' : 

Ner0 nevffy written, becaufe it NewxCostome. An lutein 

was written after that of Qaudiut lu^e. Anopym. 410. 1573— 'Hie 

I'iberius Nero (wbich fee in its whole Title of it is as follows s 

Place) which Kirkman has by *' A new Enteriude, no Mi wittie 

Miihike called Nero't Life and than pieafant, entifled Ncwe 

Death.-^It is on the fame Foun- Coftome \ devifid of late, and fir 

datioa with Lee*s Play, and the diverfe Caufes now fet firtbe, new 

Scene laid in the fame Place* btfore this Tyme imprinted, — T^# 

Nest of Fools.- Vid, Noa- Dramatis Perfin^, which are ele- 

tbxrmXass. Yen in Number, aic in tbe Tide 


N B N E 

Jhsfgt^ and fa di^ofed theremy as Jodgment^ aris lieverthekis ohta 

to eviQcl thjB Po^biltty of wh^t negle£ied and , denied that En* 

is (i'l^, vie. li)at Fcwrt ma^ play couragcment, which is «t the 

thii Entfrhfde, or in the prefent fame Time unreafonably lavilhed. 

theatric Pbrafe^ to point o\it all en thefe pernicious Beings j to 

the Doublcl that may "he made whom^ from their abfolute Defi- 

UJe of in thW cafting of it.— 'It is ciency of every One of thofe C^a- 

printed in the Black Letter, and lities, it would be Madneis to 

15 written ill ^ngUJb Hexameter cntruft the Management of even 

Rhymes.— I dmnot, however^ ar the trivial Concerns in Life, er^ 

void making ohe Remark in this cluliveof Life itfelf.— The Defign 

.Plac^ which lias frequently oc* fe far may be good, but the £xe- 

jcurred to me dn the Sight and cation of it is puenle, and defec- 

Perufal offomeOftbereeailieftof tive in almoft every Bfiential to 

our dramatic PUces, viz. that the Drama ; Charaf^er, Incident, 

from the SpcUihg and general and Probability being ail alike 

^urn of the Phrafeology and Ver- wanting in it j tho^Foreign Quack 

£ficatioo, they ibuft have been being made an abfolote Et^Jh* 

ffni^h long^ written, than ap- fnan, and the only Attempt to real 

jMars^ from the t)ates of their Chara£ler which is that ^of Midi 

Publication, or elfe that the GrtfeUine iPlttenitaie, a Twybin, 

Works ^ , SHaki^aVe, Sffiutr, Galloping, roxhuntiBg;, Fcmafo 

4^/i/K(y, and others of thofe brilliant RufHc, draggM in by Head and 

Stare which, adorft^d the J^rfHJb Shouldcit without any. prenovs 

J^emi^here at a tertain Period^ ^zpe^tioii, oir fuUcqvent Gon- 

mn^ Mve ma^ a jxioft amasing* fequence, or in a Word, without 

lly fodden Reformation and Im- any' farther . Connexioii to thie 

provement in ' the Ertglip> Lan- Piece, th^ it might be made t^ 

juage!, both with itefpe£t to Poe- have equally well to any other.—* 

4ry ai^d Pfofe, neither of which The SuoceU it aaet with, whidl 

are now, after neat two Centuries Vas a kind of c^ conteniptuous 

^«eing ^elapfed, fo, much alter*d IXfregard, was (urely as much as 

from their Manner of writing, its Merit could demand, anj in- 

^ t^at' Manner Is from the Stile deed the Author feems to have 

and Complexion of ibme even of fiiewn a Confcieufneis of the fame 

'their ^otemporaries. lodgment, by not publiihing the 

New ExchAmojc. ^^.Niw Piece. 

'.AcADXMT. .. TheNiw Ink, or the tight 

\ Nxw HjprocaATXt. Farce, Beart, Com. hv Ben Jonfm, 8va> 

1761.— This Piece made its Ap- /i6ji — — Notniag, perhaps,. can 

.pearance for two fevctal Benefits give a fiiongerldea of the Self- 

.on Drvry tdne Stage, and is faid Opiniooi Haughtinels and Inib- 

.to have been written by one Dr. lence of this Writer, whpfe Me- 

[Btaphamm, — > The Intent of it is rit, great as it was, muft be great- 

to cxpofe the Polly of Perfons of ly edlpfed by thofe ill Qualities, 

Fortune confiding the Condu£^ of than his Behaviour with Regard 

. their Health and Conftitutions to to this Play, whi<^ notfucceeding 

.JbreignBmpiricks, to the Prejudice according to the exalted Idea he 

of ^eferving regular bred Gentle- hadhimfelf formed of its Worth, 

. sntmoftht Faculty, who po(rt&''d \a ^^VA\(K«d vtvdththe following 

0t' . grant Learning, SkilL an4 TiiVe-^nJ^* ^^^ ^ «m^ "t.^^* 

N E N E 

tnnlcnbe at large,— «—71&e New Di/pofition would not pernut him 
Inn ; or, the Lfgbt Heart. A to hear with Pati«ncc> nor ac- 

Comedy, never oBed, ktt mcfi neg- ' qaidce to with Unrcfcrve or Cmi- 

Itgently played by fame ofthtKin^i dour.-^But fuch is the Frailty of 

Servants, and more fpteamijbly be- human Nature, and fuch the £r- 

held and cenfur*d by ethers the Tors which Pcifons of great Ahi- 

' King's Subje^s, 1629. Now at -lities are perhaps nore cpide- 

' up Jet at Liberty to the Readers, mically liable to than others 

bis Majejiy^s Servants andSuhjeSis^ whoie Con&iouihers of Defe^ a* 

to be judged.'— tJd.y, not fatisfied bates and ai^dotes the Pride of 

with this general Glance at their Nattire. 

Judgments in the Title, he has Ntw Mas kit Faymx, or 

annexed to the Play an Ode, in A Farliasmntafy Outcry of Stat§ 

which he openly and infolently Commodities Jet to JaU* Tragi-Co^ 

■arraigns the Publick for Want of medy. Part 1. Printed at Tw men 

Tafte, and threatens to quit the go look, ^to,, 1649.'— Scene fFeJf" 

Stage,— -—Such was the Refent- minfier, 

ment Ihewn by thisopinlatedGe- Nkw Makxkt Fatkx, or 

nius on one iingle Slight ihewn Mtu fartiannnt^s new Figarier» 

to him by an Audience from Tragi-Comedy. PartH. WrittcA 

whom he had before received (as the Title fays) hy fi^ A£»r /« 

repeated Favours. This Ode the Moon, and printed at Tom my 

however drew upon him an An- go /oo^.— — Thefe two Satyrical 

f^ter' from tli^ ingenious Mr. Plays, each of which coniiils of 

Feitbam, which could not fail of little more than one Scene, wert 

feverely wouftding a Mind fo fuf- written by fome Loyalift to faty- 

ceptible of Feeling, and fo ava- rize and expofe the Proceedings 

fitious of Praifc as yon/ow's.— — oi the Rebels agarnft King 

Nor do I hint this by Way of Charles I, whofe Power^ was. at, 

cafting any Retieflion on the that Time arifen to its greateft 

.Memory of this truly great Ge- Height j bat whether publiihed 

nius, whofe Merits in fome Re- before or after the Martyrdom, I 

ipedts are, and ever will remain know not. 

'^uneqiialMj but only as a Hint, New Oioikart. 77J. Da- 

how greatly even the mod ex. moiselle, 

kited Merit may degrade it felf by A New Rxhearsal, or 

too apparent a Self ConfcioXifnefs, Bayer the younger* Anonym. %\o^ 

'and how' vaftly more atniable i7i4.'-'---Contain an Examen of 

muft have beenthe private Cha- the AifAitious Step^motber, Tamer^ 

b£^ers of the modeft Shakejpeare lain, the Biter, Fair • Femtent^ 

knd hOn^ble Spencer, who con- Hoyal Convert, Ulyj/a and Jiane 

ftantly mention themfelves with Shore ; all written by A^. JUnfs^ 

the utmoft Humility, and pthen £fq; alfo a Word or tWo p|k>a 

with the hii^eft Refped, than Mr, Fope's JUpe 0/ the Lofk.-^ir-^ 

that ot the overbearing Jomjoa \ This Piece is written in Imita( 

who, tender sis he thus was as to tion of the D. of Buckingham' t' 

any Attacks made on himlelf, FttbearJal,Mxf,Rawe''%VU^thxgifi,m 

Was n^vertheleik perpetually carp* ever being rendered in it the fol^ 

Ing and cavilling at the Works SubjeA Of Examination knc^CrU 

'of others, the due Cdinmendao ticifm.-^lt-is \ii \!tvtt« KQc*^^ v«ii 

tiotii fiwto tt which bk covious the Scene hxi ^niisA R<»&*X«v<^iH 


K E N I 

CovMf Garden, — Prefixed to it Is thor*t 'Writtng.— «-TKe Plot is 

a Prrfiftce in Vindication of Cri- good voA well conduced, the 

ticifin in general. Dud (but I Language dramatic and nenrouSy 

think it fufpicious) bv the late and the Characters, particulaily 

Barl of iSk;^^^^.— This Piece, that of Sir Gila Over-reach, high- 

too* anonymous, was written by ly and judicioofly drawn.— It was 

Cbs, Oiltin. revived at Drury Lane Theatre 

Nx wff ra om Pass a v. Kftf. iome few Years agoj but whether 

Bham PaiNcz. from any Fault in the Perform- 

Nbws from Plymouth, ancc, or Want of Tafte in the 

Com. by Sir Pf^» Davenant,' ^o. Audience, I know not, bot it 

without a Date. Fol. 1673.-^— did not meet with that Succefs 

Scene BIymotttb, which might have been expeded 

Nkws prom trx Ex- from its Merit, and which fome 

c n A N G X . Fid. R A M p AKT Al« of its Cotemporaries, not poflTefsM 

PXRMAN. of more, have fince receiv*d on a 

Nxwf PROM TRX Kxw Rcvlval. 


Moon. AMafque, by5«if^^- old Gamx* JFid, Falsx 

fri, Fol. 1641.— Prefented at Count. 

Coort bclbce IC. Jama I. 1620. New Way toplxasx You, 

A NXW Trick TO CHKAT ^^. Old Law. 

TKx Dxvft. Cpm. by R, D, Nxw Wit rox a Hui- 

Oent. 4to. 1629.— This Play band. Vid» Modxrn Pro- 

Jnet widi good Succefs.— —The phxts. 

Scene lief in Lm^. — SSgbtattt A Nxw Wondxr, a Wo- 

Inftm^lions to the Gentlemen man nxvkr vxxt. Com. by 

(A^. I. Scene 2.) is borrowed H^m,,Rewleyf 4to. x6 32.— -This 

ftont^Md de jtrte Amandi, Lib. 2. is a diverting Play, and met with 

and the Plot of Fryar ^^*s dif- Succefs.— The Circumftance of 

covering the Intrigue between the the Widow's finding in the Belfy 

Gonftable and the Woman, and of a Fi(h the Ring which (he had 

fietendiag to conjure for Vi^ala dropped in crofling the Tiamei, 

at the Hufl>and*s Return {A€t 3, feems borrowed from Herodetus** 

Acene i.) has not only been co- Story oi Polyeratgt in his Tbedia, 

pied by M. I^OuwIk in his Tales, Nicx Valour, or the faf* 

but has alfo been fince made Ufe fionate Madman, Com. by Beau* 

•# by Ravenfertfi^ in his landmt mont and FUteber* FolT 1673.— • 

Cnekekb, Scene Genoa, 

. Nxw Utopia. FuU Six The Nicx Wanton. A 

Day's AdvXnturx. pleaCaunt Comedie. Anoftym. 

New Way to xxxp a 1634. 

Wirs AT Nonx. Ftd, LxT- Nicomxda*. Tra^-Com. by 

V«« Writxrs. J»hn Dancer, 4tOr 1671.— Thir 

A Wxw-Wat to pay old is a Tranflation from tho Frentk 

DvBTt. Com. by P. Maffinger, of CemeiUe, and is one of the 

4to. 163 3.-- — ^This^lay is very Pieces which that Author valued 

ddnrvedly cot wm e n deJ in two Co- himfelf the moft upon, and whoit 

pics of Veries by Sir Hin. Moodp feveral Beauties ho has enumerat- 

amd Sir 7h$, Jay,'-*lx, is one of ed in an £aeaM<it.— -The Story ii 

H^ ftdfiiT the old Comedies, and ft«n ^ij^ii, ^Sbvik ^x ^&^ 

/«UM(l^nf7M(0fthU/te- ^ 


^e U&, and tbe Scow k laH at JUUe, of wluch (tt MesUoBtt^e 

Jtikomedia, _ in its proper Place. . 

NiqHT^ AovxHTURias* TheKoBLf Ikgi^atitu»v* 

ri!i. SquiRK Old Sap. A Paftoral Tragi-C^m. by 9ir 

Night* 8 Adventurxr. Ifw.X^w^y iimo. 1658.— This 

f7</. Cares or Eotx. is a Tranflation from the F*eficb 

A Night*sImtricue. Far. of M. ^/«a»/r.— Scene in the 

Anonym. 8vo. without Date^ Foreft of ^i^/W-. 
but written fince 1700* Noble Servant. ViJ* Of- 

NxGHT*8 Intrigue. Vid* mo^o the great Tvrxu 
£vXNiNc> Aoventvrx* The Noble Spanish So^« 

The Night Walker, or ^izu, or A CMtraff hrokemjufify 

The Little Thief. Com. by John revetted, Tragk by Sam, Haw 

Fletcher, ^to. i64i.-<~SceneXo»- ley, 4to. i634.«— This. Piece was 

den. — This was Fletchers only, not published tiU after the An- 

unaflifted by his Colleague £mv- thorns Deceafe, but according to 

mont, the Editor^s Preface it had met 

Noah*8 Flood, or /^tfD^^/vr- with Succefs in the Repreienta- 

tion of the Worlds An Opera, by tioii; but where .it was a^ed it 

Edw^EccleftoT7, Ato. i679.~*This is not eafy to ^nic^x a^y mor^,thfii 

Piece is of the fame Nature with the Foujaidation.ol'.Story, the fctr^ 

Drydent State pf Jnnaeencey hut mer not being mentioned at a)!, 

falls infinitely ibort of .the Merit nor any Mention made as t9 the 

of that Poem.-— The firft Edition other of what King of Sp0m^t 

of it not felling off according to was who was guilty of the A£t 

the Expe^ations of the Book- of Perjury with Oneelia, on which 

feUery they put to It at different the Plot of this Play turni. 
Times two new Title Pages, The Noble Strangxr. 

inm. The Cataciifm, or General Com. by Imoi* Sharpen 4to* 

Deluge cf the World, 1684. and 1640.-- Ltf^^tfiMrgives this Pltjf 

idly. The DelugCf or the DefiruC' % gjood Chara^ler, particulariy re- 

tion of the fFqrUf 1 69 1 • with the commending the Parts of Pttpilia ■ 

Addition of feveral Ornamental and Mercutio, and thcPc&riptioii 

3cul^tures.— Befidesthis, another given of fevi^ral Poets, amon^ 

Edition of it came out in 8vo. whom Im £ea Jwijoti, inthelpiirUi 

17 14. with the Title of Ifoah*t A€t. 

Flood, or the Hiftmj of the general . Nobobt and Sombbadt^ 

Deluge i and the mmes of levetal w^he the tfve Chronicle Hiftoric 

•f the moft eminent Bookfelkrs of Elgidvbb^ who wja Ibrtu* 

then in Trmde, who joined in an aately three Titaes crowned 

Impofition upon the World of Kyngjt o£ England, ^tQ, i^^S.*** 

this Piece as a new One, and the Thb Play is not divided into 

Parent unknown, as may be kien Ads.-— The Story is tsJtea iBmn 

in the Preface. our FL^glijk Chronicles. 

The- Noble GiNTLSifAV. NocTB»PFk*s Maip 

Com. by Bcflumant and Fleuher, whippbd. Fid* PbxsbvtV^^ 

Fol. 1673.— £cene France.^—^ jlian JU*tn* 
This Play was revived with very No Fools liek WiTt* Coi^* 

little Alteration by Mr. Dufei, by J^ Gojf} Svo. ly^o^— Th|t 

under the Title of tbeFeePt Frt" U onW vok l^^iSSC^fusf^k^SLW^m^x 


• «]ii«€bedat the' Tl|^ in linraAvV Shetp^i dotthing, wboT tt that 
Iim Fitkhf in Dppofition to Mr. troublefome and uniifttled Period, 

• Cibber't Kefujal, which wat partly covering their ptivate Views be-^ 
borrowed from the fame Play, or neath the Mark c^ poblic Zeal 

• at leai^ from the fame Original,, and San£lity, a^ed the Part of 
mm, the Femmes fiavafita o£ Afo' the great Serpent of eld, firft 

• iSrW.— 4 cannot, however, think tempting to Sin, ^d then be- 
this Comedy equal in -Merit to traying to PunlAment.— — The 

'thtRefmJai, ( Play met with great Succefs in 

No MA G I c LIKE Lots, Ffd, the Rq>rerentationj taking a Run 

BaxTisN ENCHANTca. of dghteen Nights $ the Subject 

The Nov jvaoK. Com. by itfelf being its Prote£^ion, and 

CoUty- Ghher, &vo. 1717.— The its Enemies not dating tp fliew 

generfd Plot of this Comedy is any more at thi(t Time than a 

boiTOwed from the Tartufi of few Smiles of /ilent Contempt.— 

MoUerey and the principal Cha- The Confequence however was 

- ra^er in it, mix. that of DoAor what the Author forefaw 3 that 

Wotft, is a dofe Copy from that is to fay, the ftirring up a Party 

great Original.— -The Conduct of sgainft him, who would fcarcely 

'the Piece, however, is fo greatly fuffer any Thii^ he wrote after- 

•itered as to render it perfeftly wards to meet with fairPla^, and 

. EitgHfi>, and the Coquet Maria making him the confhuit Butt of 

Is truly original and m<A ele- /lf|^*s Journal, and all the y^iro- 

ftntly fpirited. — The principal lnteYz&\on, — ^Nordo I think it 

Intestion however of the Aur by any Means an improbable 

• thor, who was a Man warmly Surmife that the Enmity and In* 
and amiably attached to the il- veteracy of his Antagonift Mr. 
luftrious Family then not long Pope, and the Set of Wits who 
eftablifhed on the Britifi Throne, were conneded with him, might 
and which had been very have their original Fouhdation 
lately difturbed in the PoiTeffion trac'd from the Appearance of 
of it by a moft unprovoked Re- this Play.— Scene Zoir^fl.-— Pro* 

• hellion 5 his Intention I fay was, logue by Mr. ^owe, 

by cloathing Afo/i>ry*i Ttfr/ir^ in The Northern Heiees^ 

• Habit very Uttle.dtiFtrent from or the Hi/mun 0/ York, Com, 

his own, vi'as. " That of in hy Mts» Mary Davis, 4to. 1716. 

.•• Engiifi Popifli Prieft, hirking — Scene in fork. 

> ** under the DodriAe of our own The Noa theEN Lass^ or « 

"*« Church, to raife his Fortune J^g/I of 'Foq/s. Com. hf Ricb» 

** opon the Ruin of a worthy Brme, 4to. i6i2.-r-Thi8 is one 

'** Gentleman, whom hit di^ of the beft of this' Author*a 

'« fembled San^ity had feduced Pieces $ it met with good Ap- 

• '* into the treafonahle Cauie of plaufe in the Reprefentation, and 
•* a Rtman Cath<^ic Ontlaw,** iscommcndedbyhisCotemporary 
(Vhl. tiUer^i Apdlo|^.) to point Ben Jonfm —It was revised and 

-^ottheMifthie^aandRiiinwhkh reprinted in 410. 16S4. with n 

were frequently brenght into the new Prologue by Jo, tithes, and 

*«)oft noble and valuable Families aa Epildg!tie.«-And new Songa 

'I7 the ^I^interefttd Machiat- being added to it, the Mufic of 

•$kms of tMt Avlkhig and pcv> -wVdcb Nvaa c«tro^c& Vrj D«c« 

iun»it$ Vi§mh ^Wc Wolvta m ^wtfO, \\Nt>»avAA ^E«)E*«!<^ft^'^ 




16. i7o6..^It hamo^kftthia No Wit i.ixs a. W<»MAk'8* 

Copies of compUineiittry ¥ii\ Sm 9vitiiA«T Whic^ ' 

Verfes prefix'd to it. No Wit> No Hxlp lik« a 

Northward Hox. Com* Womak's* Goin. by7l#.Mi^ 

by 71^( iVrii<r, 4te. 1607.— In dtitfow, 8vo* 1657 .--rTbe Sjccne 

this Play the Author was aflifted in I.o«^it. 

>by ff^ehftir.^^A Part of the Pioc^ N v m i Toa • An^alian Opera, 

«{». that of GretuJbiM ^nd Fm- By P, A, koB, the M^ by Gi^ 

fberfione*s^taaidui% to Mayhap tmanniPfta^ and the Scenery i>y 

that they bave both lain with hn Rt^atto Clerfd, 'SvO. i yao.— Thit 

Wife> and of their comiog tb a was performed atrdile. King* sThtf^ 

Knowledgt -of. each, other by atre in the /tarwahkrt.-— —-The 

Cleans of her Ring, is borrowed Scene lies at Ma, and the Pkft 

from Mtk/fini^s NoTeis> Part «; is taken from the Hiftorical Rc- 

Kov. %, ■ ■ , lations of Livj ztAEutr$^UH * 

NoTBtLA* Cona. by.|l/n(. ^ TheNurriALS or PxLXua 

Srome» Afled in ij6%2, botnot avd Tntris, ByyamitUfw^l, 

printed till 1^53. in 8«»««r»IitfM|«- 4tOk '1654. — ^This Piece confiile 

Aaitu gives this Play a vtery good «f a. MaTi^ue and a Comedy^ ^nd 

iGharaaer.-'^ene ia fwmm, "was aaed*at Parit fix Tloieft ly 

-^ llieNovsLTY, or£«i«i>)ri^ the King in Teiion, the Dokes 

41 JP^ by P* Maitnut, 4tOi i^y. of .<4!mir ftnd T§rk^ ^e Princeit 

>p-Thc Model of this 'Compound Roya( the Princds of GNf^V iuid 

^Pieces feems^ b^.takenr fimn ievoral other .illuftrions Perfon- 

it4e Htat of ^vt W, DavetmiitU ag^.—The MaJ^e is borrowed 

"PUyboufi f he /tf.^It confiAsy at iitom aa JiaUmt Comedy.— ^€ 

the Titk iaoplicf, offivediftioa Scene lies in 72*^9i^, and tMb 

i&ort diAamadc Pieces^ all of Story is to be found in MilW 

fhem of different^Kindsy as ^1- Maaaorfb* Bookxi» 

JbwSy 4IR8. !thtr\&>^U di Paporalf ' \ \ V ^' 

it called TRYasis.— It was ■ • '^ ■ ^ . ;-- -^f 

WBtlea ^y Mr. Oldmixon, and jl' 

ihe Scene of It lies on a Green >i ^ 

'Mbfftft Wood.— II. is aOnftt^, U. . .^^ 

sidled All WITHOUT Monk Y. '^ 

^^-Sceae the P«i7-«wi7.— III. A /^BERON tks WAsi 

JMi^far^ entitled Hxacu LIS, the V^ PaxHCi. A Maf^e t^ 

^coneof whkhliesinthcZyi&Hi Prince Henry* m, by Bfn Jenfm, 

Ceurt.-^Both thefeare original, Tol. 1640.— Th« Author kM 

twd wriatfca by Mr. MotteuxhAm" bimfelf written Annotations oa 

Jelf.—flV. A Trtgedf, called the .thit Play. 
•UxFoaT VMATS Covr Ls, The OasTiKAT« La»«. 

<whick 18 only the latter Part of Com. by ^ir y^en Codtaht, Svo* 

i>r.FHlner's Unnatural Brother,-^ -1658.— -This Play is written in 

Scene %««t. ^V. The laft is Imitation of AHj^^ip^ir** #^ery »^ 

ccalied Natural Magic, and man, as may beealily pcrceifvd 

is a Farce written in Imitation of -on a Comparifon betweete tht 

tPart of a French Comedy of one Chancers of Don Jehm, Amonki 

K&. after the Italian Manner.-^ ftnd Amira in that Comedy, and 

ilTJie Scene hid at a Cbontry thoie of Cariantl taii. L«^« W 

Houfg, rhb ir^ftrtiw T tuto 



o j: o L 

. OcTATiA* Tnp tjL fU» ia RtgiH to the Power it li« 

^»r«.-i-Thit is eiiljc a TtanO^ Acmta of this Kind, which is, 

lion, of the Oi9««M of Smmts, ^ that fome Years ago at a Iflepre- 

Sseae !(•«#»— J?oi: the Hiftory te iimtatioB of it in Dublmy where 

SHftorin**% Uff of Ctoo, TMb- £JrifigtomzQ€dtht2»tofOedij>ui, 

ius, ice, one M the inftnoncsta^ Perfor- 

The Ocvj»4;ST. FoKe. Anon, mdn who was fitting, in the Or- 
9Vo. I747« — o I hcve never feen «A^4i to iee the Piece, was af- 
this ^'moh itwas oewr a^lod, nor Mtcd in ib violent a Manner with 
.4o I fin4 it mtntiQiied aay^eae the feigned Diftra^ion of that 
hvtin the Ei9ti/h Tk mnt, ^^! am Monarch, that he was immediate- 
apt to unag»«o it watonly written ly feis*d with a real Madneft, 
.«s a« Al)uie or Banter oa Be. which, if lam aeit milbken, se- 
.T^^r Ihie Ooolift, who, tbovt: mx left him hot with Life. 
thiit Time VMS much taUud of. Oedipus Kikq or Tiibbss« 

VOqio. ft JU'AMOiA. An IVa^. by Ltiuit rhedmUy Svo. 

Xtnlian Offini 8vo. 1721. -^This XT'! 5.— -This is onlyaTranflatioa 

Fkce wts Originally written by koaC S t fk t tiei, with critical NoMi 

$ig. AfttfMo Abrri^ bat tt the 1^ |ht Tranlator. 

Time of this Editioa waa rtvtv'd. The O&aBa t en* Lom . CofM 

•ad pe|(»rflpi*d al the Kittf*« Th. hy 1^. GMfrrvr, 4*0^ 1691. — 

lin |he//4||w^rJhr» vkh confides- This waa^ tho irft Pleee if diii 

MsMi9rMiQM hfP.jt JUUi. j«tty admiied Author^ Wffitii»|pi| 

Obpksui. TiUfi by attak ibein^ broaght ott.tho Stage v^eii 

HkviMt, 4to, i5Si« ThU U • hewas notahoveniaeteen Yeasi 

Tcfts^lioA . from Smmt^ wsho -^ Age, yet ie aaet with geaaral 

ImW bflfMWtdfPilrt^l it^oai midmoft deferved Applaud ea4 

Jiil<>yfe» ispeihapstiitheSpfightiiaeft flUiA 

Oinipvt KlHCl cut T«aBM. gematse Wit of the DialogQC, aai 

Trag. by j, Dtydm and N, Let, .the pure Natare and Self-Coa* 

4tOU63ia''!-^XhttiA&Yetyezccl- fiAency of ^ Charaaert, one of 

hot TngtAy, being one of the the moft extraordinary InfhmceeC 

. bell executed Pieces that either of brilliant Genms, joined t» i^ieaei 

. by ^ two celebrated Authors Judgment, in a Paste of h te«- 

a Kecosicemed in, yet theCri- der an Age. -^ The CritkthawB 

Hcs have iuAly Ibuiid Fault whh found Fauh with hie havh^ M^ 

.'the Bttprepdety of (Ml^*t reUih- fered his CharaAers to be menied 

lag e^Embnim frmp JtcsJI* after in liaiks, a Pni£lice feaice^ ever 

ia hed quitted his Cfewn^ end made Ule of in real life $ yet 

aiaa gone to fiick Ixareau^ of fomethiag fiirely is to be idlowei 

Diftra^tion, as to have pulledoot t» the Licemi^ P^etks^ and the 

M own fiyea^<«-»ThePlot is firom Cuflem df conda^n^ the Ca» 

Jii|lo9<y» and the Authors have tafbophies of -Comedies at that 

Jbappily availed themfelves of ie- Time, feems to give a Rind of 

aeial, Beauties bath in Sfb^kt SaaOioa to thil Overfight, eipe- 

smd ^Mar«.— ^— T^e Scene lies at vially in £» young a Writer, whoie 

9'2ie&0. -vThis.Trage^isibme* imagination might fometimet* 

times performed eren now, and perhaps, hurry him beyond the 

j^9ver fmls to Mffe€t the Audience lAmiu of PrebabilitY. 

wety /bsmify^-^Hor can I in &U ^ Oi.uc m-t\.i.« Tx^ %x^ V^^ 

PJsce avatd jatotiqg aa AaeoAtttr OuaQK%Ti.«« 

Ot OL 

The Old CavrLC. ^om. ty CUrimofHet firft Miftake tff ^ 
, 7)0. 3%, 4to. i65i.-*TbU is m Wifb for the Maiden is mittiral 
very good Pkiy, add the principM and weH fopported, and the Con^*' 
DefigB is to point out the FoUy, diiA and Behaviour of that <jen<*s 
Abiudity, and DeteftiUenefs of tlemanand the othet ChnraAers 
Ararice* in Confeqtienee of that Circam*, 

Old Fools will bs ms»-^ ftanoe, which, though kept tttt- 
DLiNG. Vid. Win hsk and known to them till the abioM« 
taxx HBs« Period of the DenmUHe h t, k »f- 

The Olo Law, or # mew Waf ficiendy difeoverM ^ the Audi- 
U^fe ye, Cofii» by P. H^tf ence to gfve them the full Enjoy* 
fri-i 4(0. 1656 — This veiy Play mient of thblr motoal Energy* 
both yacii taiAGOdui have en- does fionour to the Skill and. 
tar'd in the Catalogue of MhUUe* Judgment of the Author.-^The 
ton't Works, who, together with OA/ 'MMs Chancer is admirably 
J{«u^twasoDdoobtodly affiftast kept up, and indeed to fpeakof' 
m the Writing of it, but as it on the whole, I know not any 
•^a^g[&f/ffr has given ittoiUif^nhgvr, Fsute at prefent extant, whi^- 
>nd that it has been reprinted ieems to lay a jufter Claim to a 
with that Aathor^s Plays in the Qmtinuance of that public Fa- 
Ute O£tavo Edition, I have veil- your which was at firft paid it,- 
tur*d to reftore it to him, whom and whiidi feem*d to pom upon 
U is probable, was Parent to the the Audience in every fubfequent 

heft Part of it. At the End of Reprefentation, than the Piece . 

the Edition here mentioned, is before us. 
printed a Catalogue, but a very An Old Mam^s Lfc^iOK an» 
iQiperfeft one, c^ the Dramatic a tovno Man's Lo^c. 4(0. ' 
I^ieces exunt before that Hme, i6o5.««-Thoogh fo early a Piece, . 
9ind which, befides abundance of hpighaine has taken ho KoticeaC 
'^ypographkal Miftakes, has ma- all of it or its Author; hut 7b* 
txy other grofs Errors in it, many iA and Gikhit have both attttout'* . 
t^ieces being inferted as Plays, ^ it to one fUdftlat Brk*n,^ln 
which are entirely of another Spe- this Particular, however, they 
cies of Writing.— The Stene it in vtt both miftaken, having named 
Mpir: the Editor for the Author, that 

Old Levsa outwittid. Gentleman in his Prdace dkclar- 
^/</. McTAMoarHosis, inghlmfelf ignorant of Wh(m) It 

The Old Maid. A Comedy was written by.— — 4t appekrt^ 
of two A£b, by jt, Murfhjy moAovec to bemudi older ^vk 
1761 .— This Fktkt Piece hia not the Time of its Publication, be- 
yet been pobliflied, but was per- ing only an Interlude, Or ihdeed^ 
formed feveral Times with great to fpeak more properly, a bare 
Approbation at theTh. R. in i>r« Dialogue between a Father and 
If* during the SumoMr Theatri- Son, the former of which is a 
csd Partnerihtpof the Author and Widower, and the hitter a Tra-^ 
Mr. F0«r<r.— 4t has certainly graat vdler, who, after a long Ab- 
Merit.-— Whether the Thought fence, is returned to his Father*a 
is original I cannot pretend to Houfe. 

fay; but the Subject' of it is fin" The 0tD Man TAuant 
gle and phgGag.-^-^be Amhigti- WtsooM , ^f^^Flfftn «nm«fCA« 
h/ Md JPttplexity 'pndttt^d fey A BaUad ¥aice» Vt H% Fitteti?,* 

O L, OR 

tvo.f734«— This Farce wtsa^ed Olxtik okoering ovit 

Ivith good SocceA at Dr, Lant ^ t a T i. Fid, C i a P t i r 

Theatre, Itiul continues on the Crommtill.. 

»6ting Lift to this Day. — — ^The The O? era or Opir as, . or 

Ghara£^ert aie all outr^ to the Tom Thumb the Great, 8vo. 1733. 

§reateft Degree, and the Piece is -—This is no niore than FieldirtgU . 

entirely devoid .of even the $ha- TV^yvi^ •fTrtu^tdifs, (which fee 

dowof a Plot, yet there is fome in iu. Place) traAsforxned into an 

vrhat Uufhable in it on the -whole \ Opera, by converting Xome Raila^ 

and therefore as it pleafes the geiF of it into Songs, and fetting 

Canaille, it is in general more fre- the whole to Mufic.-*It has often 

quently performed, than many been performed with Succeis. • 

Farces of an infinitely greater TheOppoRTvNiTix. Com. 

Share of Merit. ^ * hj Ja, Shirlfjft 4to. 1640. ■ ■■ 

The Old Mods akd thx vTheHint of Part of this Phiy is 

Nrw, or Coumtiy A^s with her borrowed iv^ok^kif^rci Mea^ 

FurSeioe, Com. by *rho, Durfey, fitre/or Meafurc, 

4to. 1 709.-^-Sccnc Coventry. The Qa A c l e • , Com. Anon. 

.This is a very indifferent Play. gvo.- 1741. -r-This Piece is taken 

. The Old Troop, oxMonfieur no Kind of Notice of either in the 

Ragisnt* Co'n^. by John Lasy, 4to« RHtiJb Theatre, or by Whincoup, 

i5y2«— Scene inXofff/M.-^Xrtfffgf- which are the only ' Catalogues 

haine im^nes this Play, ]by the publiihed fmce the Date of it, nor 

S^tiie,. to be founded on fome have I myfelf ever feen it, but as 

Trench Original, yet candidly ac- I find iis Name in the monthly 

knowledges this Suppoiition to be Lifts, of the Publications pi that 

npthing more than bare Con- Year, I can by no Means refufe 

jeAu^. it a Place here.— That It waanc- 

: An Old WxFX*s Talk. C. vei: prefented on any Stage, is a 

Aoonyst. *- Neither La.ngbtdne, Point, however, which will not 

Jaah, or Cildon, pretend to luve admit a Difpute. 

]^ this Play, or to know either The Oracle. Com. of one 

^ its Author, or Date, bnt the Com- A^ by Mrs. Ciiher, 8vo. 1750. 

filer of the Briti/b Theatre ieems -r This little Piece is a Tranfla- 

to be better acquainted with it, tion from the French, and wa^, I 

.having boldly named and dated it, believe, 6nly intended as a Means 

vie. ^ OUe HyfeherTak, 159S. of alTifting the A^or in a Be- 

- Oi.i]«D4k AND Sqpmronia. nefit.<-^t is, howeTer, Very pret- 

Trag. by Abraham Portal, 8vo. tily executed, and not only g^ve 

X^^Sf— This Play is a very indif- great Pieafure at the firA Repre- 

lnentnne,andwas never brought fentation, bvit even continued for 

on the Stage.— -The Story of it it a confiderable Time afterwards, a 

taken from Tajo^s Gierujalemme ilanding theatrical Collation.— —• 

Ubetata. The Character ofCymhia is fim- 

Oliver Cromwsll. Aq pie , and pleafing, and altho* all 

Hiftorical Play, by Geo. Smith thofe Kind of Charaaen appa- 

Grteny 8vo. X75X.— Never a£ted, rently owetheir Origia to^ShaJke" 

tho' p«>bably intended for the J^are*s Miranda, yet a very httle 

Jfii^^/ its Author, and tefuied variation. an Point of Circum- 

iyr the Ahnagut isir Acafoai MK ^ancc oc B«havio«r, will ever be- 


added to the Delight we conftant- OtMiSDA. An Ital, Operi, 

ty take in Innocence, cannot foil Svo. 1730.—- This Piece was per- 

oif giving Pleafure. formed at the King*s Theatre 

The OaDiNAn-Y. Com. by in the H^ymarket, -^Tht Scene 

fFm, Cartwnghtj 8vo. 16 5 1.— Ferfia, and the Plot from the 

Scene London. — That this Play Perfiart Hiftory. 
wasefteemed a good one, may be Orookoko. Ti'ag. by Tbom 

inferr*d from the Compofer of a Soutifeme, 410. 1696.— This Play 

, Book callM Love Dialogues^ having met with very great Succefs whea 

tranfcrlbed Part of the firft A6k, it firft appeared, and has ever fince 

▼iz. the Scene between the Wi-. continued to give Pleafure in th« 
dow Potluck, Slicer, and Henfsyf ^t^agic Parts of it, to evetyfenfibie 

and republi/hed it in his Works, arid feeling Auditor, the Love of 

^p. 81. tinder the Name of the Oromoko to Imoinda, being, per* 

loid Widow* haps, the tendereft, and at the 

Or £ s T E s . Trag. by Tbo, Goffe, fame Time the moft manly, no« 

4to. 1633.-— This Play was a^ed ble, and unpolluted that we find 

by the Students of Chrifi Churchy in any of our dramatic Pieces { 

Oxford, the Prologue being fpoken his Firmnefs and Refolution alike 

by the Author. — The Plot is bor- perfed in A^on and in Sufier- 

rowed from the Oreftes of Euripi" ing, are truly heroic, and I thinik 

des, and the EleSira of Stpbocles. unequal'd.— Bnt the Intermixture 

Orestes. Trag. by yobn of the low, trivial, and loofe 
Hugbet, 8vo. 1717. — This is alfo Comedy of the Widow Lackit and 
from Euripides, but was never her Son Daniel, with the Ad- 
apted, the Author dying before dreffes of Charlotte Weldon in 
he had rendered it compleat. Breeches to the former, are fe 

Orgvla, or tbe Fatal Error, greatly below, and indeed fo 

Trag. by L. W, 4to. 1658. — To muchempoifon, the Merit of the 

this Play is annexed a Preface dif- other Parts, that nothing but the 

covering the true Nature of Po^«, corrupt Tafte of the Period in 

with the proper Ufe and Inten- which the Author firft imbibed 

tion of fuch public Divertife- his Ideas of dramatic Writings 

ments. — The Scene is laid an can ftand in any Degree of Excufe 

Segufia, the Antique Name of a for his having thus enwrapped a 

City and Province in the Ea/l Mafs of fterling Ore in Rags and 

Caul, or France, Filthinefs.-- The Scene is laid in 

Orlando furioso, one of fome of the fn;^ Colonies in 

the twehe Peers of France, bis America, and the Plot profefledly 

Hiftory, Aa^nym. 4to. 1594. — > borrowed from Mrs. Bebn"^ No- • 

This Flay is a very uregular one, vel of the tame Name.-— The £« 

|>eing not divided into AAs, and pilogue l^y Congretfe, 
moft of it taken with very little O r oon o k o. Trag. by Wm 

Difference, but that of national Hawkfwortb, 8vo* 1759.— •This 

Language, from the Orlando futi'^ Piece was a€ted at Dr, Lane Th» 

<Jo of that celebrated Italian Poet and is only an Alteration of the 

Ariofto, foregoing Play, in which the 

Qii M A s D X 8, or Lvuo and y&r^tfum Stable is indeed cleattled^ 

Triend^p, Tragi • Com. by Sir the Comic Parts .being very pro<« 

Wmj, JBrn^reiw, Fol. 1666.— The perly quite omitted. — ^Yet fiill 

^^ULpianeiiJaad^/fir/^Al. $here {ecnu tooMNC^aX tswot^ 


ing than this Mutilation, to ren- ftances affc^ltng, -and the Ca- 

dcr this Play what one would taftrophe diflrcfsful. — Yet there 

wiih it to be, for as the Comedy is fomewhat improbable and 

took up Co condderable a Share in bungling in the particular en 

the Length of a Play of no im- which all the Didreflcs are foun- 

moderate Extent, the Story of the ded ; and I muft own royfelf 

, Tragedy was apparently not fuifi* fomewhat of the Opinion of that 

ciently full of Bufmefs to make Ferfon, who on the iirft feeing it, 

out the Cataftrophe of an en- exclaimed, ** ! IVbat an injiaitc 

tire Piece, without the Addition Deal of Mij'cbicfvtouU a Fart king 

of more Incidents. — And tho' Ru/b-Light have presented V^ —» 

Dr. Hawkfvoorth in this Altera- Ndr can I avoid remarking, that 

tion has greatly amended thi$ the Compa/lion of the Audietice 

Play in Point ofOmiiHon, yet has commoixly appeal 'd tome mif- 

the little further Extent that he placed, it lighting in general on 

has given to the CharaAers of the whining, irrefolute Caftalio, 

jihoan and Hotman, feem not fuffi- inftead of failing where it ought 

cient to fill up the Hiatus, which to do, on the more fpirited and 

thofe Omiflions have occafioned, . open hearted Polydorc, who, in 

and I cannot help thinking there- Confequence of Concealments on 

fore, it is ftill to be wi/hed that the Side of bis Brother, which he 

cither that Gentleman, or fome could not have any Reafon to ex- 

oth^r Writer of equal Ability, pedt, and by which he is really 

would confider it as worth his injured, is tempted in his Love 

while once mo're to revife this ad- and Refentment, to an A(St which 

nirable Groundwork of a Tra- involves him in gr<jater Horror 

gedy, and by interweaving with and DiiVrefs than any of the 

its prefent Texture, (uch add:- other Chai afters cm urdrgo, 

tional Incidents as Mrs. Bchna from the more bloody effefts it 

extenfive Novel might very am- produces, -—This Partiality has, 

ply furni/h, by which Means the however, always appeared to me 

whole might be rendered equally to arife from Tome Strokes of 

interefting, and the Piece become Libertirifn thrown into the 

entitled to that Immortality its early Parts of Polydore'i Cha- 

Merit is entitled to, pay a pleafmg radler, which give an Air of 

and grateful Tribute to the Me- Loofenefs to it, and prejudice the 

, mory of an Author, whofe Value Audience againft him thro' the 

feems likely to fink almoft in whole Play. 
Oblivion, for Want of fome fuch The Orphan of China* 

Care. Trag. by A. Murphy j. 8vo. 1759. 

The Orphan, or the Unhappy — The Foundation of this Play 

Marriage, Trag. by Tho* Ot%uay^ is to be fcen ia a dramatic Piece 

4to. 1680. — This Play, from its tran^flated from the Ckinefe Lan- 

irequent Repetitions on the The- guage, in Du Halde\ Hiilory of 

atre, is too well known to need 0>ina. — The Subject had before 

our faying much in Regard to it. leen handled by M. Voltaire, in 

— The Plot is founded on the hh Opbe/in de la Chine, — r— Mr.. 

Hiftory of Brandon, in a Novel MAtrpby has, however, greatly va- 

called Englijb Adventures, — The ried from* the French Poet in the 

LMitguage is truly poetical, tender Condn^ of his Plot, by very pro- 

Mod featimeaUlf the Circuxa* ptx\Y \i^us>^u6xv^ >^ O^^'v^ 

OR - aa 

who in that Play is an Infant, bufe, which has fince flowed 

and only fpoken of, as a Youth in fuch abundant Torrents from 

advanced in Life, arid one of the the Pen of jts Author. .Thii 

Capital Characters in this Play. Piece had, I believe, been the 

—On a clofe Examination, per- Work of a few, leifure juvenile 

haps, Re may be found to have Hours.— The natural Self -Love 

made fome Ufe of the Heraclius of and Ambition of a young Author, 

CorneiUe j but whatever Afliftan- induced him to carry it to Mr, 

ces he may have had Recourfe to Rich the Manager of Covent Gar^ 

for the laying his Foundation, den Theatre, by whom, after it 

the SuperlVrufture muft be allow- had been for fome fliort Time in 

ed his own, and tho* this Gen- his Hands, it was returned with 

tleman*8 Genius feemsto be more the ufual Reply, that it would not 

naturally devoted to the Comic do. — In the Seafon following^ 

than the Tragic Mufe, it would however, Mr, Rich brought on 

be Injuftice to him, not to con- the Stage hi? celebrated PantO' 

fefs that this is far from flanding mime £ntertai|iment oi Orpheus 

the laft on the LiA of our modern and Euridice, on which Mr. Hill 

Tragedies, nor would it be per- immediately in a mod grofs and 

haps faying too much, to obferve abufive Letter to Mr. Ricb in 

that was the whole Pfay, or in- Print, publickly accufed that 

deed even thelaft A^ of it equal Gentleman with having infa^ 

to the Merit of the fourth, it teoufly ftolen from this Piece 

would ftand a Very fair Chance of while in his Hands, the greateft 

being efteemed the very foremoft Part, if not the whole of that 

on that Lift. — But, indeed, it Pantomime.— This Charge, how- 

feems to be the conftitutional £r- ever, Mr. Rich fully cleared him- , 

Tor of our prefent tragic Writers, felf from, by publiihing an an-, 

to value themfelves more on a fwer to the faid Letter, in which 

pompous^poetical and corredlStile, he not only proved that thsre was 

than on a Novelty 6f Plot, on Pa- no Refemblance between hit 

thos, or natural Cataftrophe ; iii Piece and Mr. HiiPs, but alfa 

Confequence of which, a Degree produced Affidavits of feveral 

of Samenefs feems to run thro^ Perfons who had been employed 

them all. by him in Preparations for hit 

The Ok p HAN of Venice. Pantomime, above twelve Years 

Trag. by ya, Darcy, 1749. — This before. 

Play I have never feen, nor know Orpheus and Euridics* 

whether it ever was in Print. — An Engli/h Opera fet to Muiic* 

It was a£led at the Theat. Roy. in Anonym. 8vo. 1740. — Thi» 

Dublin. Piece I find among the Lift of* 

Orpheus. An Engli/h Opera, Publications of that Year, yet 

by J', i////, 8vo. 1740. — This lit- I cannot fay I ever faw it, but 

tie Piece was, 1 believe, the firft am apt to believe it may be the 

Attempt' in Writing of an Au- fpeaking Parts and Mufic of the 

thor who has iince been more vq- above-mentioned Pantomime. ■ 
luminous, than generally read.— Orphfus and Euridice^ 

For this alone it is remarkable, by Mr. ^oww^r, 8vo. 1740. ^ ■ 

and for having been the Occafion This is another Piece otv the fwtve. > 

of giving the ^rA Vent to that Story, not, 1 \>dveNt, VwUTv^^^lot 

Spixit-of VJiidi^venefi and A- the Sta^e, Wl Tgi<^i!bVj \Vt. Kn]^- 


^or might be induced to publifli Names ofRoUo and 0//^.— — The 
it from the Popularity of the Sub- Underplot of Oreanct, Calibus and 
}e£t, occasioned by the little Con- Ozac^t, is founded on the Story of^ 
tcft I have juft related. Muftapha^ Son of Mahomet the* 

Orfhxus and Euridice. Second, Acbmet Baffk, and bis 
, A Mafque, by Martin Bladen, Svo. Wife. — The Scene in Conftanr 
J 705. — This Mafque is publifhed tinople, 

aX the End of a Tragi-Comedy, Othello the Mo'>r of Ve» 
called, Sokn, nice* Trag. by W, Sbakejfeare, 

Orpheus and Eitridicx. 4to. 1622. — I'his is generally al- 
A Md(^}ie, hy y, Dennis,' — This lowed to be one of the Chef- 
Piece is printed in the Mufes d'OEvres of this admirable Au- 
JM^rcury, for Feb. 1 707 j^ but thor, notwithfianding all the fc- 
'whether ever pu.bliihed by itfelf I veral Cavils and Cenfures throwA 
know not. * on it by iRynKr.*— The Jealouiy 

Orpheus and ^uridici. of the Moor is moft inimitab^* 
A Dramatic Pantomime, by yoi>« wrought up by Degrees in an 

fK'o^er, 8vo. 1717. 1 know open and fufceptible Heart inflo-' 

jiot whether this wiis ever per* enc^d by the Machinations of 1 
formed, but rather imagine not. defigning and plaufible Villain* 

The Story on which all thefe and his Charadcr is throoghouc 
feveral Pieces are founded, may the whole Play clofely kept up 
be feen in Ovid's AUtamotfbofes, to the Defcriptioii given of it 

Book X. and xi. ^The Scene by himfelf in his Charge to 

partly in Thrace, and partly in the Cajpo and the reft in the laft 
Infernal Regions. Scene, as to the Report they 

OsMoKOTHx grbatTukk, ihould make of him to the Se- 

btherwifc called, the Noble Ser- nate.— The Story is borrowed 

^ant, Trag, by Lodowick Carlell, from Ci at bio's Novels. Dec. 3, 

Svo. 1657. — The main A£Uon Nov. 7. — The Scene, during 

of this Play is, in Reality, the the firft A£b, is laid in f^enice { 

taking of Cot^antiiicfle by ALihOi' but changes after that for the 

met n. 4n the Year 1453. ——A whole Remainder of the Play to 

paiticular Account of which may the Ifland of Cyprus, 

be feen in Knclles's Turkijb Hlft. Otho King of Cerma- 

and all the Writers on the Life of NY. An Opera, 8vo. 1723. 

that Monarch, as alfo in yi true pcrform'd at the Th. Roy. in the 

Relation of tbe Murtber e/'Ofman If ay market, — The Dedication by 

ihe great Turk, and five of his JN, Ilaym. — Scene Rome and the 

principal Bajbaws, &c. printed neighbouring Country. 

jn 410.1622. — Yet the Author Ovid*8 Tragedy, by Sir 

-has transferrM his Scene from AfionCockain^ 8vo, x^d^.-^Lang" 

Greece to Barbary, and altered the baine obferves the Title of this 

Names of A//ii&ojnf/ and ir^rr, into Play to be a Mifnomer, Ovid 

^hofe of Melchofus and De^ina ; having fcarcely any Thing to do 

probably in Imitation of Beaumont with the main Plot of the Piece, 

and Fletcher s Bloody Brother, in which is the Jealoufy of Baffaney 

which thofe Authors have degra- and the Mutther of his Bride 

ded Antoninus and Geta, from Clorina and his Friend Pyrontus in 

Emperors of Home to Dukes of Cot\fe^>itTic:t o^\\, titiv. nw^ tsiudi 

Aonmtndy ^ giving them tht \kxA^^« x^^x <»i ^nxo, Car\t>\ ^xw\ 


Leonora in the Jtevefige.^^-^The Pallaktus and EudOftil* 

Incident of Captain //tfffm^aTBifl- ^<(/. Conspiracy. 
viting the dead Carcafs of /fir/v/- Pan and SVkinx. Opera^ 

dius to Supper with him, is the of one A&. by Z^fvpis Tb^alJ^ 

fame with the Cataftrophe of Don 8 vo. 171 7. — Set to Mufic by Mr. 

John in the Libertine, and was Galliard, and performed in Lin-^ 

probably borrowed from -the fame coIn^S'JftH-Fie&lu^-'For the Story 

* Original, vix. An JtaHan Play, confolt OvitTs Metamorpbofes, 

CiUcd I/j^heiftofu/mir:ato,^-Some Book i. Fab. 12. 
Part alfo of the Plot and Lan- Pandek. yid, Makriacx 

guage derive their Source from Brokek. 
Ovtd*a Elegies. Pandora, or fbe Conquefiu 

The Oxford Act. Balhd Tragi-Com. by Sir fVm, Killi^ . 

Opera, 8vo. 1733. — This is re- gre^v. Fol. 1666.— Scene in Sy- 

glftcr'd in the Monthly Lifts o{ racufta,' 

Publications of that Year, but Pan's Anniversarii, or 

it has never reached my Know- ^^'«f Shepherd's Holiday. A Mafquc, 

ledge. by Ben Jonfony Fol. 1650. pie- 

fented at Court before King yames, 

■ 1625.— The Author was affifted 

in the Decorations of this, as 

p well as of feme other of his 

*'* Mafques, by that ingenious and 

celebrated Architeft, Inigo yones, - 

PAlscratc PRIME El£c- Papal Tyranny in the 

TOR. yid, Hectok of Reign of King John. Trag. 

Germany. by C, O'bber, 8vo. 1744.— This 

Pamela. Com. Anonym. Hay is not an Aheration from 

8vo, 174a. This Piece was Shaiefpeare, tho' founded on the 

written foon after the Publication fame Portion of the Englijb Hif- 

oi that celebrated Novel, and is tory «s his King yohn ; nor is ic 

founded on fome of the principal by any Means fo good a Play at 

Incidents in the fecond Volume, his ; altho* had that Author neve^ 

-—It was aAed at Goodman i-Fiefds had Exiftence,thi8 might very well 

Theatre, but is a very indiffcreat have pafeM as a good One among 

Performance. the Courie of modern Tragedies. 

pA>iEXA, or Virtue rewarded, —The Author, after having for 

Com. Anonym. 1742. — This feverjl Yejrs quitted the Stage, 

Play is on the fame Plan with once more launched forth into 

the foregoing one, bot much worfe public Character in the Part of 

executed, and was ntytr adied at Pandolpb the Pope's Nuncio iu 

all. this Piece, which he had probably 

Paljemon and Abcyte. written with a View to his own 

Com. in two Parts, by RichEd- Manner of a£Ving ; and notwith* 

tv^r^.—Thefe are very old Pieces, (landing his great Age, being then 

being publiihed together with the about 73, and the Lofs of fevetal 

Author*8 Songs, Sec. in 1585. — of his Teeth, whereby his Arti- 

The Story of them is profeffedly eolation muft necclTarily have 

taken from Chaucer* s celebrated been ^realV^ '\i\^\a'^, ^tx.xCi\^t^. 

J'oejn of the X night* t T»U^ a&d Di|nVt'^ a^^WJf ^ v^ Vv^ K\- 

Pa pa 

titndes, A£^ioh, and general De- Mr. Sterlings 8vo. 1733.— This 
portment, which could not fail Play, I believe, was never a£^ed. 
infpiring a reverential Awe for The Parricide, or InnO' 
this valuable and valued Veteran cence in Dijirefs, Trag. by Mr. 
of the Stage, who, wop out in Sbirieyj 8vo. 1731. — This Play 
the Service of tlie Public, feein*d was a^ed at Covettt Garden The- 
on this Occafioii to- endeavour at atre with middling Succefs. 
convincing the 'fown how warm- The Parson's Wedding. 
ly, to- the very Uft Moment of Com. by T/>o. KilligreWy Fol. 
Life, his Zeal excited him to con- 1664.— This Play was reviv*<l 
tribute as much as his exhaufted with confiderable Succefs at the 
Powers would permit, towards Theatre in Lincoln' x -Jnn-Fie!ds, 
their Entertainment, both in the and a£ted entirely by Women.— 
Light of a Writer and a Per- The Scene lies in London 5 and 
former. — And indeed, an equal the Plot made Ufe oft' by Careleft 
Inclination feemM apparent in and TVild to circumvent Lady 
the Audience to rewiard this Zeal JVild and Mrs. Plcafance into 
1by the highcft Encouragement Marriage, feems borrowed from 
both to the Author and his like Circumftances in the Anti- 
Piece. quary and Ram AUey, — ^The Au- 

Parasitaster, orri&(?Fflw». thor has, however, made good 
Com. by John Marftori, 4to. Ufe of his Theft, having con- 
j 606.— The Scene of this Play dudled his Denougment in a more 
is laid in Urbino, and Part of the plealing Manner tha]> in either of 
Plot, 'vix, that of Du/ciKiePs im- the other two Plays. 
pofing on the Duke by a pre- The Parthian Hero. Tr, 
tended Difcovery of TV^rrzVs Love by Matttnv Gardiner, 8vo. I74i* 
to her, is borrowed fro^n the Story —Of this I know nothing more 
told by Pbilomena in Boccace^i De->- than the Mention of it in the 

Cameron, Dec. 3. Nov. 3. As al- Britijh Theatre. ^-It was never 

fo the Difp'^fition of Nymphadoro afted in London, but it is notim- 
cf a general Lovc for the whole probable that it might be both 
Fair Sex from 0:;/Jy^»?or. Lib. 2* reprefented and published in 
Eleg. 4. Dublin* 

Parley or Instruments. Parting Lovers. Vid^ 
Vid. Mus'ic. Nancy, 

The Parliament OF Bees, Pasc^uil^and KathA' 
with their proper Charafters, or rina. Vid, Jack Drum's 
a Beehi e furniiht with' twelve Entertainment. 
Honey Combs, as pleafant as pro- Pasquin. Com. by H. FiVA/- 
fitable, being an Allegorical De- ing, 8vo, 1735. — This I^iece was 
fcription of the A£lions of good reprefented at the little Theatre 
and bad Men in thcfe our Daier. in the Hayptarkct, and contained 
A Mafque, by John J) aye, 4tc. feveral very fevere fatyrical Rc- 
1607.— -his Piece is inlerted in flexions on the Miniftry, which 
all the old Catalogues as a Species being taken Notice of, as well as 
of Play, but is indeed Nothing fome others in a fuoceeding Play 
more than a Converfation between of the fame Author, and per • 
twelve Chara€lers^ or CoUoquiAs formed at the fame Houfe, were 
in Rhyme. the Occalion of a Bill being 

The Par AXCJOZ* Tjrag. "by brought in tQ the Houie of Com- 


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mons for limiting the Number of Novels, Dec. lo. Nov. to. ■ ■ » 
Playhoufes, and reftraining- the The Story is alfo to be found very 
Liberty of the Stage. finely told in a Poem call'd Gu- 
Of the Passion or dltherui and Grifalda, which is a 
Chryst. Two Comedies.— Tranfiation or modernized Ver- 
Thefe two Pieces are by Biihop fification of one of Cbauccr^s Can- 
Bale, and only mentioned in his terhury Tales, 
own Lift of his Works.. 

Thd Passionate Lover, 
Trag. by Lodnoick Carlell, in two 
Parts, 8vo. 1655. — Scene ^ar- 
gor^ and Ntujirea. 

Passionate Lovers. Vid, 
Grip us and Hegio. 

Passionate Madman. 
Vid. Nice Valour. 

Passionate Mistress. 
Vid. Vice reclaimed, 

II Pastor Fido, or the 

Patient Man and long- 
ing Wife. Vid, Honest 

Patient Man and impa- 
tient Wife, Vid, Honest 

The Patriot, or tke Italian 
Con/piracy, Trag. Anon. 1698. 
— Scene Florence, 

Patriot, Vid, Gustavus , 

The Patron, or the Statef- 
Faithful Shepherd, A Paftoral, man's Opera, by Tho. Gdei/, 8vo. 
by Sir Rich. FanJha'Wi 4to. 1646. 1729. — A6te4 at the Little Th. 
—This is only a Tranfiation of in the Haymarket, 
GuaritiPs celebrated Paftoral of Paul the Spanish Shar. 
that Name, written originally on per. Farce of two Afts, by, 
Occafion of the young Duke of yames Wetherbey, 8vo. 1730.—. 
Savoy, Charles Emanuers Mar- Never adled. 
riage with the Infanta of Spain, Pausanias, the BETJjAvi 
—The Scene lies in y?r<:tf^/tf. er of his Country, Trag, 

Pastor Fido, or the Faithful 4t9. 1696.— This Play was 
Shepherd* Paftoral, by Eli^, Set- brought on the Stage by Mr, 
tie, 410. 1677. — This is nothing Southern, who in the Dedication 
more than the foregoing Tranfla- informs his Patron that it was 
tion fomewhat alterM and im- put into his Hands, and confe- 
proved, and adVpted to the Stage, quently, I fuppofe, written, by a 
—It was performed at the Duke Perfon of Quality. — The Story of 
of Tork's Theatre. it may be found in Plutarch, ■ 

Pathomachia, or the Battle The Scene is Taid in Lacedamon, 
of AffeSionSf fbc^iovjedby a feigned and the Piece built on the Model 
Siege of the Citie of Pathopolis. of the Antients, and written ac- 
Com. Anonym. 4to. 1630. cording to the Reformation of the 

The Running Title of this Piece French Stage, ; 

is L<we*s Loadjione. — Who the The Pedler*8 Pj^opheci*, 
Author of it was I know not, Com. Anonym,. 4to. i59^..«« 
but it was not publiftied .till fome This is rather an Interlude than 
Time after his Death, by jFr. a regular Play. — It is very oW. 
Confiable, .one of his Friends. and undivided into Adts. . 

Patie and I'eggy. Vid, Peleus and A 
Gentlx Shepherd. Mafque, by Lord Lanfd(n^, 

Patientk Grizzxlz. Co. Vid, Jiw of Venici. 
Anonym. 1605. — The Plot of P?leus and Thjtjs, Vid, 
tius Piece is founded on 3ecfac(*9 NyrTiAiSj Scq, 

P E P E 

l^NiLOPE. A Farce, by Pieces wWh fome of tie iaCo 

7Lo. Cocke and Jobft Mort/ev, 8vo. Editors of Shakeff>eare\ Works 

1-718. — AlmoftthewholenrftAdt haye rejected as not properly be- 

of this Piece was written by the longing to them. — It is true, iiv- 

lafl-named Author fome Years deed, that the general Sobftance 

before the other Gentleman had of this Play falls greatly ihort of 

any Hand in it, or even ever feen that Author's more finiihed 

it.-^It is a Mock Tragedy, and Writings ; yet it fhould feem 

was probably iniended as no more much too glaring an Impoilure 

than a Burlefque Drama without and too ea/ily contradi^ed to pafs 

any particular Aim.——— But as it unnoticed, to publifli a fpurious 

was brought on the Stage foon Piece with the Name of an Au- 

after the Publication of Mr. Popii thor of Chara^r prefixed to it, 

Tranflation of the Odj^jJ'ey bi Ho - during that Author's Life Time, 

merf that Gentleman confiderM as was the Cafis with this ; and 

it as a Ridicule on his Work, indeed, fo greatly did the Tafte 

and has in Confequence of that of that Time differ from tbeCri- 

Suppofition treated Mr. Cocke tical Judgment which reigns in 

fomewiiat feverely as the Author this, that it is pretty apparent 

of it in his Notes to the i></ffr/W. this Play was received by the 

—The Piece, as a Burlefque, is Audiences of that Age as an ad- 

not without Merit, but met with mir'd and favorite Wotk. — The 

no Succel's in the Reprefentation, Plot feems to be entirely Inven- . 

from making its firfl Appearance tion, there being no Veftige of 

at the little French Theatre in any fuch Story or Perfon to be 

the Haymarket ; and being per* traced in the Tyrian Hif!oi^. 
forxmed by a mofV contemptible The Pea jur^d Devotes, or 

Set of Actors, by which Mcansf, Force of Lw€» — This is one of the 

cxdufive of the Enmity lis Sub* Pieces publiflied under the Title 

je£t drew on it, it had by no of a Volume of Miscellanies in 

Means fair Play with the Pub- 8vo. 1746. by Melfrs. Daniel 

lick. Bellamy y kn, 8c ]yin, — Ofwhich^ 

The Psar iDi us Broth sa. however, none were brought on 

Trag* by Jaw s *TheobaU^ 4(0. the Stage. 
i7i6.^The Model of this Play The Perjur*d Husband* 

is fomewhat like that of the Or- Trag. by Mrs. Centlivre, .4to. 

/!/««.— —The whole Scene of it 1700. — This is the firft of this 

being laid in a private Family at Lady's Attempts for the Drama, 

Bruffeh, and altho' hcrWritings afterwanls 

PsRiAKnsa King or Co- took the comic Turn for the mofl 

aiNTH. Trag. by John Tracy y Part, yet both this Piece and the 

8vo. 1731.— This Tragedy, tho' Cruel Gift, fhew her very capable 

▼ery far from a contemptible one, of making a Figure in the Service 

met with but middling Succefs of the Tragic Mufe. — The Scene 

when perfotmed at the Theatre lies at Venice in Carnival Time. 
in Lincoln s'Inn'Fields, — The Plot PBajvR*n Lovaas. yfd, 

i&. taken from well-known Hif- Calia. 
toy. Piajwa'pNww. /7/. Lovk* 

Pmmiclmb Pkincb or Tyeb, ticic K^iiiiQ. 
Tng, by ^ Sbakefpeare^ 4to. TVit Pxh-jmilo^* "Iwct.^ ^ 

s6oQ,'^ThiM ii one of the im& one A€t» \n CbnJI« BvUkV, v«t^. 

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I7i7.---Thc Scene of this little 
Piece lies in Covtnt Garden, and 
the Deiign^ if it has any, feems 
to be to point out the Collofions 
and Combinations that are or may 
be carried on between ill-defign- 
ing Jufticcs of the: Peace, and the 
Confiables and other Officers 
whom they employ under them, 
to the great Injury of the Rights 
iof the Subje6^ and of publicic 
Juftice in general. — It is, how- 
ever, a very poor Performance. 

PxRKiN Warbzcx, thetrue 
and chronicle Hiftory of. T.<ag. 
by John Ford, 4to. 1634. — This 
is not a bad Play. — It is founded 
on the Hiftory of that (hange 
Pretender to the Crown, who fet 
himfelf up and cau8*d biimfelf to 
be proclaimed King of England, 
declaring himielf to be Rtcbard 
Duke of Tork, Brother to Ed- 
voard V. who loft his Life in the 
Denver, as may be feen in the 
BngUJb Htftorians of the Reign 
of Henry Vll.-^cene England, 


Trag. by C. CMer, 4to. 1706.-— 
As this Author^s Tafte was very 
far from lying in the Tragic 
Strain of Writing, it-is not to be 
wondtr'd at that this Play, toge- 
ther with fome others of his Tra- 
gedies, have been entirely fet aiide 
from the Theatre, and even for- 
got in theClofet, fmce the* Period 
of their firft Appearances. 

The PiitPLEx*D Couple, or 
Mifiake upon Mifake, Com. by 
Cha. Moltoy, 4to. 1714, — This 
Play is for the moft Part borrow- 
ed from Moliere^i Cocu tmaginaire j 
which indeed has been the Foun- 
dation of fever al other Englijb 
dramatic Pieces. 

The Perplexed Loveks. 

Com. by Mrs, Centlivre, 4to. 

1710. — The greatcft Part of the 

Plot of this PJay ]$, by tht Au- 

tbory own Confeffion, borrowed 

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from a Spsnijh Play, the Nam« 
of which however /he has not in- 
formed us of. — The Scene lieJ 
in London ; the Time from Five 
in the Evening to Eight in the 

Persian Prince* ^^« 
Loyal Brother, 

The Persian Princess, or 
the Royal Villain, Trag. hy Lewis 
theobaU, ^to. 1715. — The Au- 
thor, in his Preface to this Play, 
afTcrts it to have been written and 
aded before he was full nineteen 
Years of Age.— The Plot of it, 
notwithftanding the Title, feems 
to be entirely Invention, there 
being no Incident in the Perfiau 
Hiftory from which the Story ap- 
pears in the leaft to be borrowed* 
The Petticoat Plotter. 
Farce of two A€ts, by Newburgh 
Hamilton, 8vo. I7«2. performed 
at the Theatre Royal in Drur^ 

The Petticoat Plott'ir, 
or More Ways than one for a Wife* 
Com. by hen. Wood, ovo. 1747. 
— This Play was never, 1 be- 
lieve, afled at any of the London 

Phjbdra and Hippolitus, 
Trag. by Edmund Smith, 8vo. 
1707. — ^This is a very admirable 
Play, and is ftill continued on 
the Lift of a£^ing Tragedies.— 
The Charaflers are ftrongly 
drawn, the Language poetical and 
fentimental, and the CondoA of 
the Drama afie£ting and judi- 
cious ; — yet, for all thefe good 
Qualities, it met at firft with but 
little Encouragement from the 
Audience, for which the Au- 
thor of the Tatler deplores their 
Want of Tafte. 

The Phoenix* Tragi-Com. 
by Tbo, Middleton, 4to. 1607.— 
This is a good Play.— The Plot 
of it U Xak^a faom 1^ ^^atujb 

P H P H 

l^ovtlcsiWd de Force of Love J Md ket.^ — The Scene Artajfata in 

the Scene is laid In Ferrara, Scjthia, 

The Phoenix in her Phi lander. A Dramatic 

Flames. Trag. by Sir ^. Pafloral, by Mrs. Lenr.ox. 8vo. 

Lower, 4to, 1639. — Scene Ara- 1757. A Piece not intended, 

hia.—'Langbatne fuppofes this to nor indeed of Merit fufficicnt for 

have been the Author's firft At- the Stage. 

tempt, it having been writteii ' Philaster, or sj^ove lies a 

before he was knighted. BUedtng, Tragi - Comedy, by 

Phaeton, or the Fatal Di- BeaLftiont Bnd Fletcher, ^to, 162S. 

vorce. Trag. by Cba, Gildon, 1 — This was the firft Piece that 

4to. 169S. — This Play is w^ritten brought thefe afterwards moft 

in Imitation of the Ancients, and juftly celebrated Authors into any 

tnct with good Succefs. The confiderable Eftimation, and is 

Plot, and a great many of the even now ccnfider*d as one of tlic 

Beauties of it, the Author him. moft capital of their Plays. — It 

felf owns to have been taken was prefented firft at the Old 

from the Medea oi Euripidet, and Theatre in Lincoln s-TnH' Fields^ 

he has evidently made Ufe of when the Women a£led by thfem- 

many Hints from the French Play felves j — a Circumftance recorded 

of Phaeton, — The Scene is in a by Mr, Dryden, who wrote a Pro'- 

Crove and adjoining Temple in logue for them^ which may be 

the Land of Egypt, — To it is an- found among hii Mifcellam To* 

aexed fomc Reflections on Co///Vr*4 ««. — The Scene lies ih'wV/W^ 

fliort View of the Immorality and —Mr. Settle rcvifed this Play, 

Prophanenefs of the Stage. ^suid entirely writing anew th6 

Pha£.ton in the Suds, two laft A&s, brought it again 

Vid. Tumble down Dick. on the Stage and publiOied it in 

A Phanatic Play, ift 4to. 1695. changing the Scene 

Part, prefented before and by the to Sicily, 

Lord Fleefwood, Sir Arthur Hajle- Philetus and CoNstajt- 

rig. Sir Henry, Fane, Lord Lam-- tia. This is one of fix Pieces 

hert and others, with Mafter^^- fuppofed to be written by' Ro^ 

ter and Mafter Pudding, 410, Cox Comedian, which are printed 

1660. — —It confifts but of one in the fecond Part of Sport upon 

Scene. This, by its Title, I Sport, 1659. 

fliould imagine to be a Party Play, Philip of Macxdon. Tr. 

probably intended juft at the Pe- by Mr. Lewis, 8vo. 1729. — ^This 

riod of the Reftoration to ridicule Play is founded on the Macedoniam 

and expofe the Rouiidheads. — I Hiftory, and was a£ted at the 

have never feen it, nor do I find Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, 

It mentioned by any of the Wri- but with no great SuciTefs. 
ters but Jacob-, from whom, Phillis of Scyros. A- 

and Coxeter\ MS. Notes on him. Dramatic Paftoral, 4to. 1655.— 

I have felefted the full Title I This is a Tranflation (made a- 

havc here inferted. bout twenty Years before it was 

Pharnaces. An Italian printed) from the kalian of Cui- 

Opera, by Sig. Gio. Bonorcini, dohaldi di Bonarelli •—^'^Vht Scene 

8vOt iy2^. performed at the lies in the Ifland of Scyros, 

K:ng*s Theatre ia the Haymar- Pre^xtd to\\.^^x\A\-^v«x%S. S, 

P H P H 

-— But Cwf^/t'r feems to imagine the End of it. — In tlils FUy 

from forae Vcrfts of Mr. Start" as well as in his Tragedy oi Ut- 

I^*s, that it was tranflated by Sir of>atra, be has Aevn great Judg- 

Edioard Sherburne, ment by treading in the Steps of 

Philoclea. Trag. byM'»^- the Ancients *in the modeilizing 

mara Morgan y 8vo. 1 7 54. — This his Fabk and the working of his 

Play is founded on Part of Sir Morals; the two pr.ncipal, but 

P/>////>5/V/7^'s celebrated Romance frequently difregarded Branches 

of the Arcadia, the fame Story of Tragedy. — According to their 

which had been long before re- Manner alfo he has introduced 

ducd into a Tragedy by Ja, Chorufes between the A£ls. 
Skirlcy. — The Piece before us is Phi lot as. Trag. by Philip 

crowded with an immenfe Num- Frotvde, 8vo. 1731. — This Tra^ 

ber of Abfurdities both in Lan- gedy was ad^ed at Lincoln s-hin- 

guage and Plot, the firft being al- Fields Theatre, with very little 

ternately bombaft and puerile, Succefs j yet I cannot help look- 

and the other incorreft, imperfe£l xng on it as a very admirable Play, 

and contradi^ory. — Yet did this — TheChara<5ler8 of C/>'/«/j, y^Af;c- 

Tragedy meet with better Succefs andcr and Philotas are very finely 

than Plays of much greater Merit fupported, thofe of Antigona and 

that appeared in that and fome of Cleora beautifully contrafted, the 

the enfuing Scafons. — This Sue- Language bold and fpirited, yet 

cefs, however, may be in great poetical and correft, the Plot 

Meafure attributed to the Man- ingenious, and the Cataflrophe 

ner in which the more tender and interefting. — The Defign of this, 

fenfible Parts of the Audience as well as the foregoing Play, \% 

could not fa 1 bein; affeded by taken from ^uintus Curtius and 

the paffionaic Scenes of Love in yvftin. And the Scenes of both 

it, which gave fo fine an Oppor- are laid in Perjia. 
tunity for a Difplay and Exertion Philotas. Com. Anonym, 

of fine Figure and Tenderncfs of 4to* i6rz, printed at Edinburgh^ 

ExpreflSon in Mr. Barry and Mifs in the old Jblack Letter. — The 

JNoJfiter, Defign o^ this Piece is to fliew the 

Philosophy no Defence Inconveniencies that arife from 

AGAINST Love. J^/'tiL Solon, the Marriage of old Age with 

Phi LOT A- Trag. \>y Sam, Youth, — Some have miftaken 
Daniel^ 4to. 1623. — This Play this for DamePs Philotas, but 
is faid to be the Author's firft, without Refledlion, for their Sub- 
yet is efleemed a good one, but je£ls, and even kind of Verfe, are 
met with fome Oppofition, not entirely different, this being writ<« 
tin Account of any Deficiency in ten in Stanzas, 
the Poetry or in the Con'duffc of Phormio. Com. hy Rich, Ber* 
the Defign, but from a Sufpicion nard, 4to. 1598. — This is only a 
propagated by fome of the Au- Tranfiation from 'Terence, with 
thor*8 Enemies, that he meant fome critical and ufeful Notes, and 
to peribnalize in the Chara£ler of Additions for the ufe of Learners. 
Phihtai that unfortunate Favorite —This Play has been alfo trartf- 
of Qi^en Elizab^th^s, the Earl of lated by Hoole, Patrick, and £-" 
EJfex y which obliged him to en- ehard, but neyer brought oh the 
ter on his Vindication from that Stage in its own Form, altho" 
Charge in afi Apology, piiated at two very ciV^\>x?L\.^4 Vo«!e^> nvl/ 


MoUere among the French, and Play, or perhaps, (which has not 

Otway among the Eng/iJbWtiters, been an uncommon Pra£t»ce) the 

have made great Ufe of the Plot fame Edition vampM up with z 

in their refpeflive Comedies of new Title Page, in hopes to 

the Tricks of Scapin, quicken the heavy and flow Sale 

The Picture Tragi-Com. by of a very indifferent Piece, which 

Pb, Maffinger, 4I0. 1 6 36. — This lay on the Bookfeller*8 Hands. 

Play met with good Siiccefs, and ThePiLOitiM. Comedy, by 

indeed very defervedly, it having Beaumont wad Fletcher, Fol. 1679. 

great Merit.— -The Plot of it, —This is a very good Play, and 

particularly that Part of it where met with Approbation on its firft 

Sephia decoys the two debauch*d Appearance ; befides which, it 

Courtiers Richardo and Ubaldo, was in the Year 1700 reviv*d at 

whom the Queen fends to at- the Theatre Roy. in Dr» Lane, 

tempt her Chaftity» together with with a new Prologue and £pi- 

her^eryjuil and equitable Treat- logue, and a fecular Mafque, by 

ment of them, is borrowed from Mr. Dryden, being the laftof that 

Nov. 4« of the Deceived Lovers, great Poet^s Works, and written a 

in a Book, entitled, the Fortunate, very little before his Death. Yet 

4kcehv*d, and unfortunate Lovers, do they ftand as a Proof, with 

—The enchanted PiSiure, where- how ftrong a Brilliancy his poetic 

by Sofhid*a Virtue is rendered Fires glow*d even to the laft. — 

fufpiaoos to her Hufband in his The Prologue is pointed with 

Abfence, feems, tho* not exaflly great Severity againft Sir Richard 

the fame Thought, y^t to owe its Blackmere, who, tho* by no means 

Origin to the enclymted Cup, in a firft Rate Poet, yet I cannot 

Anofo^s Orlando furio]o» — It was help thinking, deferving of more 

perrormed hyLowin, Taylor, Ben^ Immortality, than either the Envy 

field, and ali the moft capital or Ill-Nature of his Brother Wits 

Performers of that Age. have by their Ridicule on his 

The Picture, ot the Cuckold Works, permitted the Prejudices 

in Conceit* A Ballad Opera, 8vo. of Mankind, ever eafily led afidel 

1744. — This Piece was written by what they imagine, a fupcrior 

by Ja* Miller^ but as it did not Judgment to grant him.— 

meet with Succefs, it was pub- This Comedy, however, when 

liihed without his Name to it. •— revived about a dozen Years 

It is principally taken from the ago , together with the fe- 

Cocu inutginaire of Moliere, cular Mafque, by the Managers of 

PiETV AND Valour, or Dr. L^w Theatre, tho' very well, 

Z)*rrydif/^/»<iI?</. Tragi-Com. Anon, nay, in fome of the Chara^ers, 

1691.— This Play I find no where very greatly performed, did not 

mentioned but in the Britijh The^ meet with th^ Applaufe it might 

' atre, and as it is of the fame reafonably have expected.— Such 

Date with a Tragi - Comedy, is the Difference of Taftc at dif- 

called, the Sieve o/Derry, and ferent Periods, 

that is not veryfrequent to fee two The Pilgrim. Trag. by Tbo, 

Plays on the fame Subjeft (tho* KiUigrew, Fol. 1664.— This Play 

this, indeed, was at that Time a was written zt Paris 1651, while 

ray popular one) I think it not the Author was on his Travels. 

ImprobabJe that thefe might be «»The Scene MtSain, . 

^aly two E^tioaM of the li»mc T^«?\v«i>\H%>«tt\»«BovH 



Cemurts. A Dramttic Entertain- Berkeley by King Chetritt II, — A 
ment, by IK, /fffrrz/w, 4to. 1701. Nobleman of ftrift'Virtut and 
—This Piece was never af^d, yet Piety, and of the moft undlftin- 
18 very far from being totally de- guifhed Affability to Men of all 
void of Merit. — The Scene is laid Ranks and Parties —Scene L^- 
in London, ^9ff.-*Notwithftanding all its^Ex- 

Pill ant> Diop. Fid, cellencies, however, thitPUyhaa 
Plot. for fomc Years paft betn lai4 

P1N-D.AR or Waksfisld. afide. 
Vtd» Georgv a GaEEN. ThePt A^roNic Ladt.Cobb. 

Ptso*8 Conspiracy, Trag, by Mrs. €:nth'tffT, 410. 171 1.-*- 
Anonym. 410. 1676. — —This is This is not one of her heft Plays, 
no more than the Trggedy of and is now never aflcd. T he 
Nero, printed with a new Prologue was written by Capt. 
Title. Geo, tarqubar. ——The Scene 

Pity she*s aWnore. yid. Londom, 

•Tis Pity, &c. The Platonic LOT«t§. C» 

Plague oV Envy. Vid. hy Sir H^. Davenantf 4ri^ i6}6. 

Suspicious Husband car- — ^cen^ Sia/fa, 

Ticir'D. A Plat i?env9ni J<MiAW the 

The Plague or Riches, Hujhand, Tti the Wife^ and 

QT VEmbarrasdeiRicbeffet, Com, Sir Johav the Pri{/^, by yotii 

French and Engtifi, 8vo. 1735. — Heytvoad^ 4ta. Imprynud m Lou- . 

This is only a Tranflatioh by 0- don By- William Raftall, the xtt 

xc/I of a French Comedy, but ne- Day c/" February, 1533. T hci 

ver intended for the Stage. Piece, and fome others of thts 

The Plain Dealer, Com. Author's, which we AaH pre- 

by ^. ffycherieVf 4to. 1676. fently have occafion to fpeak of, 

— Tl^ Play is looked upon as are mentioned in thi Mufitum 

the noift capital of this Author^s ^Jbmolianum. — They are prtntid 

Pieces, and indeed Dryden has in the old Hack Letter, written 

given it the Character of being in Metre, and not divided iaio 

the boldcft, moft general, and moft A£ls, and are I beKeve fome of 

ufeful Satyr, that was ever pre- the earlieft, ifnotthevery eaiikft 

fented on the Englijb Stage. dramatic Pieces printed in Z.a»- 

Thc Plot, however, and particu- don. 

-larly the two moft principal Cha- A Pl a y hetwene the Pardoner 
rafters in it,' viz. 2lian/y and and the Frere, the durate, and 
Olrvia, feem in fomc Meafur^ Neyhour Pratte. An Interlndc, by 
borrowed from the Mifantrote of J?hn Heyrvood. Jmprynted hy 
AftfAVr^, as does alfo that ot Ma- Wyllyam Raftall 9th oi April, 
jor O/dfex from Scarron^s City Ro' 1533. — Black Letter. 
mance, — Yet, notwithftanding, he Players whipp'd. f^d, 
he is fcarcely to be* condemned for Histriomastix. 
thcfe little Thefts, fince he has A Playhouse to be Let, 
applied them to fo noble an Ufe, by Sir JK Davenant, Fol. 1673. 
and fo greatly improved on his O- — This Piece is only an AflTem- 

riginals. The Charafter of blage of feveral little detach'd 

Lord Plaujibie is faid to have Pieces in the dramatic Way, writ- 
been intended for Geo, Lord Berke- ten in ^e Tvmt o^ OUnjer Crom- 
4X> ^ho was created £arl of w«//, and AMntv^x2tvtYxo\C\\AV«vtv 

•o ^^ 


6f theatrical Reprefentations. — HenoooJ^ Fol. 15^3 — ^Theie three 

Thefe are conne!^ed with one z- Utt Kecet, with the two mention- 

nother by the Addition of a firft ed above and the four P*s, make 

A£l by wayof Introdu^on, each up the whole of the dramatic 

A€t afterwards being a feparate Works of -this Author, who 

Piece, TIC. the fecond is a Tranf- feemsto me to ftand in a Kind of 

Jation of M^Heris Cccu imagi" dubious Competition with Biftop 

maire, purpofely thrown into a Bale, for the Title of the Father 

Kind of Jargon or broken £ff^/^, of £ivf/^S^ dramatic Poetry, fome 

like ' that ipoken by Frenchmn of his Writings being publiihed^ 

who have not been long in Ef^i' .acc(»ding to thefe Accounts, in 

Aijn/.'— The third and fourth aSs 1533, and thofe oi the former no 

are Trai^cal, or rather a Species fooner than 1538. — It is however 

of Opera, repreienting, by Vocal to be obferved, that in the Lift the 

and Inftriimental Mufic, and by Bifhop has given us of his un- 

the Art of Perfpe^ve in Scenes, printed Pieces, he Aientions feve- 

the Hkftoryof Sir Fnrjir/i Drake, ral which have in their Titles an 

Sec, and the Cruelty of the S^ air of greater Antiquity, and 

fuardt in Peru, and the %fth a which, therefore, might probably 

'Tragbdie travcftte, or Farce in have been written previous to any 

' Burlei^uc Verfe, on the Actions of this Aathor*s Pieces before us. 

cf Cafir, A$tbmy, %nA Cleopatra, Pleasant Aoventvkss 

The kift of thefe Pieces was alfo at Bkvssi ls« ViJ, Cam- 

perfitfmed feparately at the Thea. rAicNSRS. 

•in D«rjet Gardens, by Way of The Princely Plk a sua as at 

Farce, after the Tragedy of Pcfli* KxNKXLWoaTH Castle. A 

^pty, written by Mrs. Katberine Maique, in Profc and Rhime, by 

PkilKpu Ce§, Gafcoigre, 4X0. 1575 — This 

> pLATXK*s WxDDiNO. Fid, IS a Relation of the Entertain - 

City Ramble. ment given to Q.Elixa^b at 

The Play IS the Plot, C. Kennehoortb, by ILobert Du^ey, 

\y ycbtt Durant Breval j^xo. I joy. £. of Let'ce/fer, on the 9th, loth, 

•^This Play the Author himfelf and iithof^i^^ >575« 

ccmfeiTes to be meat Farce, and Pleasuee reconciled to 

it confequently met with but in- Virtue. A Mafque, by Ben 

different Succefs. ' P art of it yon/on, prefented at Court before 

• feems to be tran()ated from fome K^mgjames I. 1619 ; with an ad- 

of the French Interludes in the ditional Mafque /tv the Honmraf 

Theatre ItaHen, '^Tht &ctne]its fFalet, in which the Scene is 

at a Village in Bedfordfrire, cha^g^d from the Mountain .^ 

A Plat of Genteelneft and lot as before, to Craig-Eriri,'^-^ 

Nobilitie. An Interlude, in two This latter Part is mentioned in 

Parts, by John Heywood, 4X0. — fome of the Catalogues, but erro- 

This has no Date, but is, I fttp- neoufly, as a diitin^ Piece of 

pofe, about 15-33. itfelf. 

A Plat or Love. An Inter- PLXAStraEt or the en- 

Inde, by John Heyvfood, 4to. chanted ItLE. Fid, Paift* 

1533. CESS OP Elis.. 

A Play of the Wmhtr, caU'd» The Plot, or Pill md Drop. 

a new and very mtrry Iitferlade ojP A. VaxiXmBSaiafia\'^twX«t<aac»^^ 

^ Maantr ofWoithmi l>y >«)ii %yo. ins*— '^^^'«*^^^'^- 


O E 

ver 96teAi nor did I ever fee it in 
Print, but imagine it to be writ- 
tea in Ridicule of the noted Dr. 
PKtrd, whofe Pill and Drop at 
thit Time made a very great 
Noife in the World. 

A Plot AND NO Plot. C, 
by 3F. DemtTt's, 4to. 1697. — This 
Play was intended by its Author, 
as a. Satire upon the Credulity of 
the J^acobite Party of thofe Days. 
—It is extremely regular, and 
bears Teftimonyia Favour of the 
Writer, not only as a Man of 
Wit, but as a perfe^ Maimer of 
the Arts of the Stage, and of the 
Ibid Rules of the Drama. 
^ Plot discovir'd. FiV/. Ve- 
micx pr£sxrv*d. 
• Plot sfoil'd. ^/J. Fatal 


' The Plotting Lqvik 8, or 
tbt Difnud Squire* Farce, by Cba, 
Sbsdwellf rzmo. 1720.— This 
Piece was afted in Dublin, — It 
is a Tranflation with Liberty df 

. MoKerii Monf* de Pourceaugnac, 
-that is to Ctjp that whole Play of 
three A&s is reduc'd into one, «- 
-very Incident and hum >f)rous 
i'allage of any Confeqbence, how- 
ever, being preferved in it.-~The 
Scene Duh/itt, the Time one 

Plotting Sisters. Vfd, 
Fond Husband. 

Plvtofursns & vinctvs. 
A Modem Farce, 4to. 1669. ■- . 
This Piece I find no where but 
in Coxeter^t MS. Notes, yet from 
the Title, and there being the 
Name oi Amft, inferted for the 
Place of Publication, altho^ it 
■ «ras really printed at London^ I 
am apt toxonjedure the Subje£l 
of it to be political. 

Pl u T u s , or the World's Idol, 
Com. by Lewis Theobald, iimo. 
1715. —This is only a Tranfla- 
tion from the Greek of ArtBo' 
^Saxes, with ^Iptes, and a Dif- 

o t 

coarfe prefixed containing fovM 
Account of Ariftopbanesy and his 
two Comedies of P/v/M and the 
C/9att/5.— It was not intended for 
the Stage. 

Plutus the God of Ri- 
ches. 8vo. 1742. — This is a- 
nother Tranilation of the fame 
Piece, executed jointly by • Mr. 
Hemy Fielding and the Reverend 
Mr. Toung, being, I believe, de- 
fignM as a Specimen of a propos*d 
compleat Tranflation of all the 
Comedies ofArifi^anesy by thofe 
two ingenious Gentlemen, but 
which was never carried into Ex- 

Plutvs God op Wealth. 
F14, World's Idol. 

Poetaster, or fAe^rrtf^ff- 
ment, C(Miiical Satyr, by Ben Jt,r^ 
fvn, 4to. i6o2.-^This Piece is a 
Satire on the Poets of thatA,*, 
more particularly Mr. Ikehr, 
who is feverely lafli*d under the 
•Title of Cri£i>imts, yet has 
very fpiritedly returned it in his 
Satyromaflix.-^lt is adorned with 
many Tranflations from Horace, 
Virffil, Ovid, and others of the 
antient Poets, whom Ben jonfen 
-^(vas on every Occafion fond of 
(hewing to the World hi» inti- 
mate Acquaintance with. 

POE T IC A L S<^U I R E./7^. Si A 

Hfrcvles Buffoon. 

P0XT*8 RXVENGX. fldm 

Love's Victory. 
Poet Stutter. Fid, "Wit 

for Money. ^ 

nOIKIAO^PONEXi;, or the dffi- 
rent Humours of Rfen, reprefented in 
an Interlude at a Country Sebwolp 
Dec. 15, 169 1, by Sam, Show, 
8vo. 1692. . 

The Politician. Trac. by 
Ja, Sbirley, 4to. 1655. — The 
Scene of this Play lies in iVbr- 
xoay, and the Plot feems borrow- 
ed irom thft Slcw^ o^ ^^it'^vcv'^^^ 

Rsmaniay X.Vi«^iVti^<& A»t\Jfu\ "vcw^ 

P o p o 

liisMotlier-iii-LawyUithf Ceua- SAttre> Wit, Pfot^ or Executioay 

teis of Montgomery' t Urania, . that had not Mr. Gay declaredly 

The Politician cheat- . publiihed it as his^ it would, I . 

BD. Com. by AkXf Greene, 4to. think, have beon difficult toha\ie 

1663.— This PJay was printed at perfuaded the Wqrid that their 

the Time above mcmiened, but favorite P^/J^, could ever hare To 

jicver made its appearance on the greatly degenerated from thofe 

Stage.^The Scene in Sfain, Charms, which firft brought 

P0LIDV6, or DifinfC4 L^ve, them into Love, with her, or- ^at 

Tr. by Mofet Browne, %vo, 1723. the Author of the Beggar*s Opera 

^-^he A-uthor of this Play ieemt wa» tapabk of fo poor a Perfor- 

to have been a very young Gen- mance as the Piece before us. •— 

tleman, ai)d indeed fome fuch Ex- But this is frequently the Caft ' 

cufeis neccflary to attoae for its with fecond Parts, muhertaJcea by 

Peficiendes,— It was never a^led' their Authors in. Confeqiience -ai 

at any of the regular Theatres, foode eztmordioary Succefs of the 

but was performed by youagGeo- firft, whereio the Writer^ having 

tlcmen for their Diverfio^ at the before exhanfted the whole of his 

private Theatre tn St. jUbam^t' inunded Plan, hazards, and often 

Jtreet. — Annexed to it, is a Farce^ lofcs iA « fe^nd Attempt, for the 

railed, All bxoevii.i,bd, «r Sakcof Profit, all the Rcj^utatiofi 

$be Houfi in 1* Hurry, by the fame he had jvftly acquired by the 

Author, pofTefsM of the iame firft. 

Share of Merit, andperfemcd at Yet notwithftaa&ig this Pro« 

the £ime Time and Asce. hibitiony the Piece turacd oat 

Politick Wrorb. Vid. very adT|mta|i«ut to him, for 

Muse or NbwMakkbt*. ^ being Jerfwtfled to print It for Ua 

Polly. An Opera, by J^hm^-'^tk Emoliuiient> the iBubfcrip-^ 

Cay, %vQ. 1728. This is a fe- tions and Preleati he met with 00 

cond Part of the Beggar's Ofera, that Occafion, from Perfoas of 

in which, according to s Hint Qiiality and others, were fo nu- 

fiven in the laft Scene of the.firft merous and liberal^ that he was 

Part, Polhf, Macbeatb, and fome imagined to mske four Tiaaei as 

other of the Characters are tranf- much by it^ as he could have er- 

jK>rted to America,'— "^Xitix every peded to have dear'd by a very 

Thing yfz% ready, however, for tolerable Run of it on the Stage, 
a Rehearfal of it at the Theatre Polly Honeycombb. A 

RoyalinC0v^/(riif^,aMeirage dramatic Novel. Anonym. Svo. 

was leat from the Lord Ci)«»n^r- 1760.— This little Piece was 

lain, that, it tvas not aJUwed to he brought on the Stage at Dr, Lane 

^tfted,hut commanded to be fn^refftJ, Houfe, and met with moft amar 

--rWhat could be the Rcafon of zing Succeis.— 'Who was the Au- 

^ fuch a Prohibition, it is not very thor I ^now not, b|it the Prologue 

* cafy to difcbverjunlefs we imagine declares it to be the firft Attempt 

it to have been by Way of Revenge of a juvenile Writer, and as fuch 

fox the numerous Strokes of Sa- it may pafs Mufter, altho* many 

tire on the Court, &c. which Faults and Deficiencies might cer- 

ihone forth in the firft Part, or tainly be pointed out in it, more 

. Ibme private Pique to the Author efpecially in the Cataftrophe, 

himfelf J for the Opera before us which is entirely inconduHve. — 

is fo totally inapcent of either Its Defign is to expofe the Mif- 



' rhieft which may aiife tdyottn| fiief-^ -*— The Tranflation is in 

Girls from the ^(hionable Tafte blank VcrTe^ with only nowiand 

ofNov^sl Reading J but this is far then a Couplet, by the Way of 

from being rendered clear in the cldHng a Paragraph or long Sen* 

Denoutment.. — Its greateft Merit tencr^ and ChorufTes which ate 

appears to be in the Portrait of a writren ia various Mcafutes of 

ridiculous Couple, who in the de- Verfe, and are very long and itn- 

cline of Life, and after having tentious. 

been for many Years united, not ThePooR Mak*s CoMrotT. 

only ifftO. to keep op the Pond- Tragi-Com. by Rob» DaUrm,/^^ 

nefs of a Honeymoon, but are c- i^i* 

ven perpetually (hewing before The Pooa ScnoiAji.Com^^y 

Company fuch a Degree of ful- Kob, Neville, 4to. 16631. ' This 

ibrne Tendemcfs to each other, as Play w^s never aAed, but is 

not only renders them ridiculous commended in three Copies of 

in themfelves, but difguftful and Verfes. 

trOttblefome to aH ^dr friends Pope Joam. Vid* Fzmax.s 

and Acquaintance . Pa SL a T x . 

PoLYEucTis. Vid, Mak- Popish IsifosToa. Vtd, 

Tva, HcNSY VII. 

Pomp XT. Tfag. by Mrs. The Portsmouth He laiss, 

JtWitmii^Pifrr^i, Fol. 1678.— *— or the generous RefufaL Com* 

This Play is a Tranflation from Anonym. 410. 1704. — — This 

the Pompee of ComeilU, undertaken Play was never afted.— The Plot 

at the rcqueft of the Earl of Or- of it is probably founded on feme 

rery, and publifbed in Obedience real and well known Fa^, and 

to the Commands of the Countefs the Time of it is made to be du* 

ofCotjft, to whom, in Confe- ring the King of ^^iuVsRefidence 

?|uence, it was dedicated by its at that Place, 

iair and ingenious Author. — It The PragmaticalJisuit 

was frequently prefented with new l£aven*d. A Pliy, by 

great Applaufc, and at the End Rich. Carpenter, 4X0, 1624-* — The 

of it moft commonly was a£led Author of this Piece was a very 

thtTravefiie, or Mock Tragedy, religious Man, and has ended- 

which forms the fifth A& of Sir ,vour'd throughout the whole ^o 

9F, DavenaKt*9 Play-house to promote, as much as pioilible, the 

BE LET. Which fee above. Caufe of Morality and Virtue, and 

PoMPEY THE Great. Trs^. point out the Difference between 

by Edm. fFailer, 4to. 1664. Hypocrify and true Religion. -^ 

^This is a Tranflation of the fame He has alfo made it his Bufinefs 

Play as the foregoinf> and was to expofe all the numerous Siub- 

a£ted by the D. of Term's Servants tilties and artful Inventions ma^c 

—Mr. Mealier was aflifled in it by tJle of by the Romijb Clergy, for 

the Earl of Dorfet and Middlefex. the gaining over of Profelytes, 

PoMPEY THE Creat HIS and promoting their own Rt- 

FAiR Cornelians Tragedy, ligion, 

tffeSledhy her Father and Hujband's ThePRECEPTOR,or/i&f icvf j 

Vvwncafi, Death and Fcrtune^ of Abelard and Helolfe. A Bal- 

by Ti&o. K^d 4to. 1595- — '^^^* "*^ Opc-a of one A<a, by tVm, 

is only a Tranflation from an old Hammond, 8vo. 1 740. — The very 

TrtnA Author, one Robert Car^ Title of this Piece infoifms us of 

R ^ \\% 

.Its Subje£V, which, feems {n its 
own Nature more adapted 
for the Ground- work, of a Tra- 
gedy, than a Ballad Opera / I 
imagine, therefore, it might be 

^ a mere Jeu d'Efprit, and that as 
it never was, fo alfo it might jpro- 
bably never be intended to be^ 
^ brought on the Stage. 

The Prxsbytekian Lash, 
or Noc T R o r r s*x McudWhiffd. 
^ Tn$,i'Comtdy, acted in tkf great 
Rcom at the Pye Tavern at Ald- 
gate, hy Noftroife tbe Pfieft, and 
feveral of bis Parijhioners, at the 
cutting of a Chine of Beef. Anon. 
4to. 1 66 1, ' This Piece was 
written ju(( after the Reftoration, 
at which Time the Puritan and 
Prefl)yterian P%rty were (o ob- 
noxious to the Government and 
to the Loyalifts, that every Kind 
of Satire, Standal, orAbufe, wa* 
|N!rmitted to have it» fbll Vent, 
and to take an-entire and unlimi- 
ted Scope againft them.—- That it 
was fbmetimes unjuft, I make no' 
' Doubt, and fo probably Might the 
Piece before us be, whic)k is en- 
tirely a perfonal Satire On one 

"^ Zadtoay (frofUnf a violent and 
lewd Prdbyterian Teacher then 
Hving.-'It is dedicated to Milder 
Zacb. Noffrofe, by AT. S. and cqn- 
fifts only of thirteen Scenes^, not 
livided into AAs. 

The PkBSENcB. Com. by 
iIk Puchefs of Nevvcajt/e, Fol. 
1662. r— This very voluminqos 
Writer had compofed twenty nine 
flfdditional Scenes to this Piec€, 
which ihe intended to have inter- 
woven with the general Texture. 
of tlie Comedy, but finding they 
would render it too long for a llhgls 
drama, (he omitted them j but has 
lirioted them Separately, and pub- 
Ulhcd them with the Play. 

P »:M 8 ZNT AT 10K% Fid. 

SraiwG*s Glory 

N O 

Lew Life, Ballad Farce. Anon 
iimo. — No Date. — This Piece 
is faid in the Title Pag^ to have 
been performed at Covent Garden 
Theatre.— The Plan of it is en- 
tirely what its Title exprefles, and 
the Execution very indiffbrent^ 
and if it ever was reprefented> 
muft have been by Way of an En- 
tertainment between Play and> 
Farce, it not being long enough 
for an entire Farce. — ^ It feems to 
have been written during fome 
Partofthe'laft^jf^ War. 

Prssvmptvous Lo^e». a 
Dramatic Mafque. Anonym. 4to.. 
1716.. — ^This Mafque was perfor- 
med at the Theat.. in Line, Ltn 
Fi<Zt6,inaCbmedy, call'd. Every 
Body ipiftaken, whicH was never- 
printed, ahd.was on^. an Altera 
tion of SDakefpeetre*s Qomedy ef 
Errors, — ^TJheStory of the Mafque 
is taken from the Heathen My^ 
tholbgy, and the Scene laid in- 

the Plains of Theffidy,^ The 

Mufic, after the Italian Tafte, 
was. compofed by Mt*. W, turner^ 
who, faya the Author^ has. a. 
happy Qeniusinfiaturaliaing Ita- 
Han MufTc into- a; trucL EwUfi 
Manner, without lofing the Force- 
of the Original in the Imitation,, 
or the roafterly Touches of the 
Art in the Cdmpofidoiu 

The Prxtxnoxrs, or th§' 
Town unwsaf^d* Com. by Vtbo, 
JUilkeSi 4^0. 1698.— -Scene Cbvnl^ 
Garden, ■ T hiaPiecc was a£bd,, 
but without Succefi^ attheTk« 
in LincoWs'Vtn'Fieldt. 


or a Mock Coronation, with tbe 
Humours of" tbe facetious Harry 
St. Jbhn.. Farce, by JobnFbiU 
.ijftr,., 9vo.. 1716.— Of this Piece- 
Very little feems needful to be 
faid, fince its Date points it out 
to have been written at the Clofe 
o5 iVielUVwSiVaTi \ti x^v^ HiV«a.- 


the moft abrupt and daftardly in UncbbCsT^nn-Fields, The 

Manner.^— The under Plot is in- Scene is laid in Genoa, and the^ 

tended as a. Ridicule on the fa- EpHo^e was written by Mr. 

mottt Lord BoHngbrokty whofe Ad- Motteux, 

berence to that miftaken Party PazNftss or Persia. J^d, 

drovehim for feveral Years into Distressed Inkocknge. 

Exile. Princess or Poland. Fid. 

Prince in Conceit. Vid, Juliana. 

Wits. The Prison breaker^ or 

The Prince or Prigg*s //&« ^v^ii/irrM o/* John Shepherd. 

^%v ZL Sf or the PraSiifis of that A Farce, Anonym. 8vo. 1725, 

£rattd Tbtef Captain James Hind, intended (by its Author, I fup- 

Com. by J, S. Gent. 4to. .1658. pofe) to be aded at Lincoln' s-Inn^ 

Prince or Tarent. Fid, Fields, 

Very Woman. The Prisoners. Tr.-Com. 

The Princess, or Lcve at hy Tb§, Killigrew, Fol. 1663.—-^ 

Jhji Sight, Tragi-Com. by Tho. The Scene Sardinia, 

lulligreWffoLjiS^* — ^ThisPlay The Prodigal, or Recruitt 

was written while the Author fir the Sheen 0/* Hungary. Com. 

was at Naples. The Scene is by Tho,OdeU, 8vo. i744.-^This 

laid in Sicily and Naples, and the is littk more than an Alteration 

Plot probably Irom fome tradi- of ShadwelTs Woman Captain,-^ 

tional Story in the Neapolitan It was aded with fome Succefs at 

Hiftory. the Little Theatre in the Hay^ 

The Princess or Cleve. market, it being at a Period when 

Tragi-Com. by Nat. Lee, 4t6. the Emprefs C^een was as great 

1689.— This Play is founded on a Favorite with the EngUlb Peo- 

a French Romance of the fame pie, a» the heroic Fruffiam Mo- 

Title, and the famous Inve£live narch has fince ib much more 

againft Wome% whibh is fpoken juftly been, 

by Fo!trato in the fifth A(k, is Prodigal repormsd. Vid» 

borrowed from a Romance calPd Nest op Plays* 

the French Rogue.— 'The Scene is PlioGRSsa op an Haa^qut*^ 

laid in Paris, Vid, Jew dscoy*o. 

The Princess op Eli s,. or Progress op Honesty. 

. the PUafures of the Encbanud. Vid, Musie op N^w Mae* 

Ifiand, A Dramatic Piece, in x£t». 

three Parts, by Mr. 0»/;.— Thi» The Projector i« Com. by 

is only a Tranflation from Mo" % Wiljon, 4to. 1665. Thii 

Uere^^^Tht Original, was written Flay met with good Succefs on 

to add a Spirit, to the Gallant and the Stage —Scene London, 

Magnificent Entertainments given The Pr o j e.c t or s. Com • . 

by Lewis XIV. at PhrfailUs on Anonym. 8yo. 17^.— — Thit 

the 7th of Mm 1664, and was is a very middling^ Piece, aodwaa 

performed by his Majeily, the. never a^d.— — Its Defign is to 

Princes of the Blood, and the 0- ridicule that Clafs of People who 

ther Nobility of that then glo* are ready to encourage any pro- 

rious and illuftrious Court. pofed Scheme, however romantic 

The Princess op Parma* and abfurd, which offers die moft 

Trig, bylf. Smith, 4t0. 1699^— diftantsiivi VLt^'Vt^^^K^^^'vaw 

Xbit Play w<w n/SUA at the T)ic» to OwwiOwtH «^ ^"^ ^'^^^ 

gently, by grafpfng at a Sha- ther-in-La^ of the Emperor i\fc* 

dow, do for the moft Part lofe merianus, whofe many Tyrannies 

' the Subftance which they already and Afh of Cruelty^ and parti- 

poiTefs. culaily the Murder of his Son-in- 

*' Promises or Goo. Fiil. tavr, had occafioned a Mutiny 

GodhysPxomises. among the People^ which DiO" 

PnoMoiB AND Cassandra. c/e/lan> heading, immediately 

Com. in two Parts, by Gto, fFhet- mounted the Throne he had fo 

fione, 4t6. 1J78. Black. Letter.— long been waiting for. — The Story 

The full Title is as follows, " The is to be found at large in Nue" 

rhbt excellent undfamoui Hijhrye fbomt. Eufebius, Barom'us, &c.— 

«/ Promos andCzmmdrz ; Sviid Mir. oetterton and Mr. Dry den re- 

into two comical Difcourfea.— /» vived this Play in the Year 1690, 

tbejyrfi* Part is Jbewne, the un- altering it into the Form of^an 

futferable Abufe of a lewde Ma- Opera by the Addition' of fe^Tral 

|iftrate) the virtuous Behaviours mufical Botertainments , com- 

of a chafte Ladye ; the uncon- posM by Mr. Hen, Putcell, printed 

tn>w)ed Lewdenefs of a favoured m 4to. 1690.—- It has been alfo 

Courtifani and the vndeferved brought on the Stage again feveral 

Hftimation of a pernicious Para- Times during the Courfe of the 

' lyte.—- 7» the fecond Parte is dif' two or three laft Seafons, but is 

CQurfed^ the perfe^ Magnanimitye very far from being a pleafing 

of a Doble Kinge, in checking Play. 

Vice an^ favouring Veituc.— Pa on us, or Harlequin in 

Vf^erein iij^fwne^ 3ie Reigne and China, Pantooiime, by Mr.H^o^ 

Overthrow of dilnoneft Praftices, ward, 1755, This Piece waa 

tvitb the Advauncement of Up- performed at the Theatre Royal 
right I>ealing.*'—Boththefc Plays in Drury Lane, vrith great Sue- 
are written in Verfe, for the moft cefs, for the Author of it, altho* 
Part alternate. — The Scene lies no Writer, (eems to have an ad- 
at Julio in Hui^ary, And Shahtf- mirable Aptnefs at the Invention 
^orc ftams to Kave male fome of this Kind of Entertainnrents, 
TTfe of them in his Mecjure fir fo as to render them pleafing and 
Mt^re. ^ ftewy, without being fo extremely 
&epROPHZTiss. A Tra- expK:n£ve as thefe Affairs have 
gical Hiftory, by FM//«w«f and been frequently fuflered to ex- 
JFletcbtr, Fol. 1679.— This Play tend to. * 
is founded on the Hiftory of the The PrqvOk^o Husband, 
£mperor Dioclefian, to whom, or A Journey to London. Com. by 
when in a very low Station in C. Ci&er, 8vo. l727.-^This Co- 
I^fe,' it was foretold by a Pro- medy was begun by Sir ^oi^n Kin- 
/<Wirij(t that he fliould become £m- irugb, but left by him imperfect 
peror of KomCt when he fhould at nis Death> when Mr. Cibber 
Mve killed a mighty Boar (quardo took it in Hand, and when fi- 
Aprum/«^tfr/<f«r»V^inConfequence nifhed brought it on the Stage at 
of which Prediftion he applied the Theatre Royal in Druty Lane, 
himfelf more particularly to the where it met with very great 
Hunting o£ thofe Animals^ but Succeft.^yet fuch is the Power 

xo raia^-^'Tbt Prophecy, how- of "Pieju^te, >xv4>^vCoual Pique 

ever, was at jaft fulfilled by to in \i\aff\t^% vYvt '^>3i^^tit.Tvx> ^^»!t 

.puUii^ to Death J^^er, the Ta- Mx, abber'i TLT«as^w> Vi^o^^ 

Fit FR 

•f what Share he had in the Safpicions which a Confcioirffieft 

writiAg of the Piece, beftowed of his own Behavioiir toward's 

the higheft Applaufe on the Part her would authorise him in entire 

which related to Lord Tptoafy*^ taining the Belief of, and theft 

Provocations from his Wife, reformed him by a oaft^k cltir- 

which was moftly Cihitr^i, at the ing up of thofe Soipiciom, and, 

iame Time that they condemned by &ewing him how near he 

«nd oppofed the Journey t§ Lwdan ' might have been to the Brink of 

Part, which was almoft entirely a tVedpice, taught hiQ to avoid 

VanlmigB\ for no other apparent for th^ future the Path that wa« 

Reafon but becaufe they imagin- leading him towards it, the Moral 

ed it to be Mr. C/^^'s.— — »He would have been corapleat $ 

loon, however, convinced them whereas, as it now ftandt, all 

of their Miftake, by publUhing that can be deduced from it, if, 

•U the Scenes which Sir John that a brutiJh Hufband dei<n*ve9 

had left behind him, exadlly from to be made a Cuckold, and that 

his own MS. under the iingle there can be no Breach i»f Virtue 

Title of the JovKNCT to Lor- in giving htm that Defert, proi- 

BOK. Tided he can afterwardsy either 

Peoi^ox*d Wit's. Com. by by the Periiaafioni of his Wl#t, 

^\x, John yMrwgh, ^td. 169ft.— or the Blufter of her OaUant, be 

This Comedy has a great many IbothM or frightened otti of Mi 

very iiile Stenet ifi it, and the Intention of reictttiag it oft her. 

Chafi^^ of Sir Jtin Bnitt is •m-A Maxim of the mol^ ^*ffT 

very highly and naturally drawn. Tendency to Peribns inclinable to 

•—Yet it has ia the Language as Gallantry and Intrigue ; fince the 

^ell ai Condud of it too much fame Practices may equally an- 

loofe Wit, and Libertinifm of fwer againft the good and indul- 

fientiiiient to become the The- gent, as againft the furly and bm* 

etftt of a moral and virtuous Na- tal Hu/band, 
tionj— Since no Behaviour of a Pmunclla. An Interlude^ 

Huftand, however brutal, can by Rjcb, Eftcwrt, 4to. withoat 

vindicate a Wife in revenging her Date.— This Piece was performed 

Caufe upon herfelf, by throwing for Mr.;^^im9t*s Benefit, between 

^way the moft Valuable Jewel ihe the A&a of the Rebearftl, and 

foffcUks, her Innocence and Peace muft have been before me Year 

•f Mind. — Lady Brtttii Conduft, 1713.-11 was intended as a Bur- 

■Mreover, feems rathei; to proceed leifque on the Italian Operas In 

from the Warmth of her own In- general, and particularly oft thofe 

cliftations than a Spirit of Refent- 0/ Arfinoe, Camilla and TA^mym, 

ment againft her Hufband j nay, at that Time greatly ifn Vogue.-^ 

Ae feems fo far to have loft even The Senib and Mufic, fayft the • 

the very Senf&of Honour, that a Title Page, collected from the 

very little Matter appears capable moft famous Mafters.—- He lays 

pf indaeing her to turn Panther to his Scene in CovnitGardetif which, 

htir Niece Belinda,"^ — Had Lady in Imitation of thepompous Man- 

Brute indeed appeared to the Au- ner of the Italian Scenery, he hn- 

dience ftridly virtuous thro* the mooroufty defcribes as follows.—* 

whole Tranfaftion, yet had carried "Scene a flat Piece of Ground 

on fttch a Deception to htr Huf- without Hei^e ot ^>?\tV^^'^'^^- 
haudg MS to luvg aJann^d all thafe fe^ of a Chvyic^ii lA N\««^ i»^ 


Tm«i*x (kjfeeboufi at a IXftance.— • Haymarket^ the Mitfic hy HanJef, 

Sone of the Soogs in the alH>ve«> aji4 the Scene fuppofed to be 

aientioned Operas are parodized laid in a Maritime Covotry in 

in It. Cyprus* 

PsTCMZ. An Open, \>y Tho, Public Wooing. Con. by 

Shadtvell, 4to. 1675.— This i« the Dutchefs of Newcafile, Fol. 

the £rft Piece this i^uthor wrote i662«-— -Several of the Suitors 

in Rhyme, for which fome of Speeches, particularly thofe of 

his Cotemporary Critics were very the SoMier, the Countryman and 

fevere upon him,— "His Intention the Spokefman for the . baihfiil 

in this Work was not to produce Suitor, were written by the Duk^> 

a perfe£^ regular dramatic Piece* as were «lfo two other Scenesy 

hut only to entertain the Town and the two Songs at the End of 

with a Variety of Mufic, Dan- the Play. 

cing| Scenery and Machinery, ra- The PumiTAN, or f£^ Wtdot9 

ther than with fine Writing or rf ff^atUng Strtet. Conu by H\ 

£xa6tne£i of Poetry. — The Plot Shake^^etrtf 410. 1607.— -This 

of it is partly founded on Apu- Play is not unentertaining, yet it 

Iftut't GoifUn Aft, and partly on is one of the feven which haw 

the French Pfycbe, which he very bieen reje^ed by fome of Shakif" ' 

candidly acknowledges the Ufe he feare's Editors.— Scene London, 

Jias made of in his Preface.— It Pyrkmvs axcd Pzmxtkivs. 

met with great SucceiSy and indeed Opera, by Owen M'Svnny, 4to* 

defehedly, fince all the iirft Rate 1709.-— *This is a TranAation 

Mafters in Mufic, Dancing and from the Jtaiian of Scarlntti, and 

Painiing of that Time, were cm- was performed at the King*s Tb^ 

ployed about it. atre in the Hsymarkei:»^SceDit in 

Psych I. Aa Opera, by Mr. Epinu, 

Ozeff, — This is a literal Tranfia- Pykrhvs Kikc or Epikvs* 

tion of the Pyfche of JlM*erffftoak Trrg. hy Cba. Hoftkhu, 4to« 1695. 
which, as I faaveiaid before, the^.— This is the leaft meritorious 

laft -mentioned Piece is partly and leaft fuccefsful of this An- 

borrowed, thor*s Performances, but has his 

PsYCMX DXBAvcH*D. Con* gRat Youth at the Time he 

by Tbo» Dufet, a£ted at the The- wrote it to plead in its Defence.—' 

atreRoyal, and printed Sto. 1678* It has, howerer, mSny Strokes 

—This Piece is a Mock Opera, in it which an older Writer need 

It was intended to ridicule by no Means have been aihamed 

Sbadwc/ft Pfyebe, and written of. The Story of it may be 

purpofely to injure the Dukt's found in Lhy, in Pbttarth^t Life 

Houfe, which at that Time was of Pyrrbus, Hec— The Scene is 

more frequented than the King's, the City of Argos, befieged by 

«-It is, however, nothing but a Pyrrbus, with the Camp of the 

Mafs of low Scurrility and Abufe, Epirotes on the one Side, and that 

withoi/t either Wit or Humour ; of the Macedonians, who came to 

and met with the Contempt it its Relief, on the other.-^ro- 

merited. . logue by Mr. Coagreve, 

Ptolkmy , King or £• Pyeamus and Thxsii* 

GYPT. hz\»X^n, hy NMaym, A Comic Mafque, izmo. 17 16. 

8vo; 1728.— This was performed This Piece was performed 

•^ the King's Theatre in the at Lincoln* s-bn-FicUt Theatre*^ 


Q.U dU 

Mr. Rich. Leveridge drdsM it out «r«. the Afiair of «Se/a^*s fwear-^ 
in HecitatiTes and Airt after the ing JTe afco not to fight is taken 
prefent Italian Manner, from the ftomBJiefore/TsHiffoircs tragi fun^ 
Interlude in Sbakejpearit Midjum- Novel 13. — Scene lies at Arragm. 
mar Nigbi t Drtam, -^ The Queen and Concu- 

bine. Com. by Hich* Brome, 
— 8vo. 1659 —Scene Sici/ie, 

Queen Catheexne, or tBi 
Q Ruinei 9fL$ve, Trag. by Mary 

^^ P/>, i^to. 1698. The Scene 

lies in England, and the Plot fiwfii 

THE Quacks, or L»ve^t the Engbjb Hiftorians in the 
the Pbj/kim, Com. by Ktipx'i of EdwardW , mnA Henry 
Owen AfSwiny^ Svo. 1710.— > VI.— The Prologue is written by 
This Piece confifts only of three her Cotempetary Mrs. Tntier, 
A£kt, and is a Tranflation from The Queen of ArragoN* 
the VjSmour Meduin of Moliere, Tragi-Com. by Wm, Habington^ 
r-^ene Lo«<^. ——>It was twice ^ol. 1640. 
rejed^ed or forbidden at the The- The Queen or Corinth. 
atre Royal in Dntry Lane, but Tragi -Com. by Beattmont and 
was at ]a& introduced to the Pub- Fletcber, Fol. 1673. 
lie ^t the ^een*s Theatre in the The Queen or Spain. By 
Hapnarket, of which I believe ytf,^r^^.— This Piece I ijever 
Mr. M*Switnij was at that Time »w, but find it mentioned in the 
in Part, ifnotfole. Manager.—- 5r/V^ T^ftw/re, yet without Date, 
Jt met, however, with • little or any Notice whether it is Tra* 
Succefs. gedy or Comedy.— -By the Title 

The QoAKER^s Opera, by one would be apt to imagine it 
7^9. IVdlker^ 8vo. 1 729.— -This the former 5 yet as Mr. Worjdalit 
is one of many very indiifdrent Cenius has always appeared to 
Pieces which the warm Sunihine take a comic Turn, I Aould ra- 
of Applaufe the Beggar^t Opera ther conclude it to be the latter, 
bad met with, hatched into Life, Queen or Wales. Ftd, 
—Mr. Walker, moreover, might Love's Victim. 
have another Motive to make The Queen*s ARCAnxA.. A 
him hope Succefs in a Ballad Paftoral Tragi -Com. by Samuel 
Opera, from the great Approba- Daniel, 4to. i6o6.-»This Piece 
tion he had been favoured with was prefented to Queen Annt^ 
in the Part of Capt. Mackheath» Wife of ^amei I. and her Ladies 
The Quaker'^ WsDnxNC. by the Univerfity of Oxford in 
Com. Anonym. 4to. 1699.— Of CbrifiCburebmA^ytft, 1&5, and 
this I know only the Name. is dedicated in Verie to her Ma* 

The Queen, ot the Exealltney jefty.— The Scene lies in Artt^» 
^berSete, Tragi-Com. Anonym. ^Vt.— The Characters of Cmnm 
4to. X 653.— ^Thls excellent old and Amintds in one of their Set net 
. Play is iaid to have been found refemble thofe of Fibne and 
out. by a Perlbn of Honour, and Sktpbmx in M. S^nmtlfi Cmedie 
given to the Editor Alexander Jam Ccmedie, as do two lyther 
Gougbe, to whom three Copies of Scenes between them and their 
Verfes are addrefled c.^ the Pub- Mrs. Clomire bear a Likeneft tm 
jicatioo of it»->Part of the Plit^ that bftwee* the Swaioi Dmm» 

Q:U .0-" 

tad Alexis, ^nA the inconftant cient Dignity, was perforined one 

Hynph L^urinda in Raaddpb^i Night only at the Little Theatre 

JbitfMas, in the Haymarkei, by a Set of 

The Q^xxM*! Ej^CHAHGB. Performen of equal Merit wit)^ 

Com. hy Rich. Brame, 4to. 1657. the Piece itfeif; the Author her- 

*-Thit Piay^ was afted at Biuk felf, who had never trod a Stage 

Fryars with great AppUttfe. ■ ■ ■ before^ appearing in the Part of 

Scene lies in England. Slueen Tragedy, — As the Honfe 

Q^ s s ii*s MAt<tys. yid4 was almoft entirely filled with 

LovK*8 MiSTEESs* her own Friends, a filent Difguft 

The QucBif*s MAsqjvs or and £»««/ was all the Reception 

BxAVTY. By S*n ytafpn, Fol. it met with, but on attempting 

|640,— This Piece wai perfonated^ to bring it on a iiecond Nighty the 

at Court by jiutti, Qoeea to King Fame it had acquired was appa- 

^amaL and her Ladies 00 Tfcw^ rent, from there not being anAu- 

Night, i6o5f dience fufficient even to pay the 

The Qj;xxN*s Masque or Eapences of Mufic and Candle. 
Blackness, by £m]fwi^, Fol. QuxtXR per soloQverer. 

1640.-*— >This Piece^ as well as Tt/ove cnlyfir Levels Saki. Dia- 

the £»regoing, was prefented at matic Romance, by Sir Rich, 

Court by the Queen and her La- FunJbaWf 4to. 1671. This is 

dies, only this was performed on only a Tranflation^ or rather Pa- 

the Sunday Night aifter Twelfth raphrafe from the Spanijh of An^ 

Ifight, i^eS.-— It was at the Pa- tonio de Mendoxa, made by Sir 

lace of fniteball that both thefe Ricbard during his Confinement 

Pieces made their Appearance, at Tankrrfy Ca()le in 1654, when 

the celebrated ArchiteA Inigo he was taken Prifoner by Oliver 

jMtes aflifting in the Machinery at the Battle of IVorcefter. — The 

and Decorations. Original was ^written in 1623, in 

The QuEENES or Brent- Celebration of the Birth- Day of 

VORD, or B^^ no Poet^tr. A Philip iV.ot Spain, and is dedi- 

Ballad Opeca of five Ads, byTi^. cated to Elixaheth his Queen. — 

Duffyt 8vo. 172 l.r— This Play It was reprefented at Court at 

was, I beliere, never a£ted> but Aranjuez, before thofe Sovereigns, 

was pttbliflied^ together with two by the Meninas, which are a Set 

4>ther dmmatic Pieces and a Col - of Ladies, the Daughters or 

it€tion of Poems by the iame Heire0*es to the Grandees of 

Author. Spainp who attend on the Queen, 

Qjj SEN Tragedy RE- but lyho, tho* only Children in 

stor^'d. a Dramatic Enter- Years, ftand higher in Rank 

tatnment, by Mrs. Hooper, 8vo. than her Majefty^s Ladies of Ho- 

1749. — This Piece, which is a nour. — ^Thc Piece confifts but of 

•ftrange incoherent Jumble of re- three A^ or Jomadas, accord- 

peated Abiurdides, tho* intended lag to the Spani/b Cuftom. — Aa- 

by its Aadior as a Burlefque on aered to it is the Fieftas de j^an- 

the Modern Writers, and a Means jMe», Feftivalt at Aratyuen, tranf- 

of leftoring Tragedy to her an- latcd mm the iaae Author, 


R A R A 

Rambling Ladt. Vtd» Sik 

n Antony Lotc* 

* Rambx-ino Shbphird.J^/* 

Constant Nymph. 

^[^ Adamtstus. An Italitn l^he Rampant Aldbr- 

W\^ Opera, Svo, 1720. per- mav, or News from tbeExebange, 

^rmed at the King*8 Theatre in Farce, Anonym. 4to. 1-685.-^ 

the Haymarket,'-''tht Plot from This Farce is one entire Piece of 

Tacit. ArmaL Lib. 12. Plagiary, being ftden from Mar" 

Raging Deyii, bound* mon't Fine Com^mw, and feveral 

^^. Pluto FURENs BT TXNC- other Plays. 

TVS. The Raps, ot the htmeeut hH" 

The Raging Turk, or paftwi, Tn%, hjDr, Bratfy, ^o, 

Bajazet 11. Trag. by Tbo, t6^ , ' ■ T hat Piece was tntro- 

Gi^e, 4.t6. 1631.— The Plot of duced on the Suge by Mr. Sha^'- 

this Pfay may be found by con- tueltf who wroCe an Epilogue 

fulting 'Kti9//es Ttrrki/b Hiftory, to it. 

Cini/eocondjffas, and other Writers The Rape op 'Evbopa by 

on that Reign.— 'It was not pub- Jupiter. A Maique,. Anonym* 

li/hed till after the Author*! 4to. 1694. Sung at the ^een*B 

Death. Theatre iu Dorfet GarJfm by their 

Ram Alley, or Merry MajefHes* Serrants. 

Tricks. Com. hy Lodowi'ck Lord The Rapb op Helen. A 

Barrey, 1 611. —-The Inci- Mock Opera, Anonym. Svo. 

dent of H^il' Smatljbank* s decoy- 1737.— This Piece was not, I 

ing the Widow Tt^efa, is alfo a beheTe, a^led any where, as it h 

Circumftancc in KilUgrew^s Par- not mentioned in any of the Lifts, 

fon^i fyeddingy aB likewife in the and I find it only named in 

Ertglijb Jtpgue, Partly. Chap, the Monthly Catalogues of Publi- 

l9.>~Scene in London, cations of that Year. 

Ramble to Oxford. Vid, Rape of Lavinxa. Vidm 

Humours op the Road. Titus Andronicvs. 

Rambling Gallants DX- The Rape of Lucrxcb. A 

featbo. A7i/. Muse of New- true Roman Tragedy, by Tbo* 

market. Heywood, 4X0. 1638 .—The Plot 

The Rambling Justice, is fele£led from Lity, Florws, 

or the yealous HuJhandSf %mth the Valeriut Maxiimttf and other Ro" 

Humours of John Tnvyford. Com. man Hiftorians.— In it are intro- 

by John Leonard^ 4to. 1678. «— duced feveral Songs fang by ^Wr- 

Great Part of this Play is bor- ritn the merry Lord among the 

rowed from MtddUton's More Difi- Roman Peers. 

femhters hefides Tf^omen, particular-* The Rapb Of Prosxrpinb. 

ly the Scene between Sir General A Farce, bv Lexvis TheoMd, 4to. 

AmouroMS and BrarnhU in th« id 1727. a^led at the Theat. Royal 

A^,^Petiihnt Eaff% being dif- in Ltncoln'S'Jnn^Fi'e!ds, "■^--Th6 

guifed like a G^ in the fame Mufic to this Piece was coropofei 

AA, and the S»cene between- by Mr. Galliard, and the Scens 

WramUe and the Gift^ in the id. lies in Sia'ly, —This I imagint 

*.^The Scene is laid in London, to be the Ground-Work of a 

and the Time twenty-four Hours* Pantomime which frequently to 


this Day makes its Appearance in ^o a very worthy Country Geit' 

Covffit Garden Theatre^ and to the tleman in that Neighbourhood.-^ 

great Reproaclv of public Tafte, He has dedicated the Play in a 

has repeatedly, drawn crowded familiar and at the fame Time 

Audiences to the. moft trivial and grateful Afanner, to all Friends 

infignificant Pieces of the Drama, round the IVrekin, and his Ept- 

. and thofe even very indifFcrently logue is a fprightly and ir.artial 

performed, at Times when the one, adapted to the Succc^es of 

fllmoft fupewatural Works of the Britijb Arta% at that glorious 

SMeffeMre, Jobnfin, Sec, fupport- Period, being introduced by the 

ed by every Thing that human Beat of Drum with the GrenaJter 

Exertion and Abilities could add March.— -The CharaAers are na- 

to them in the A£Hng, have tural, the Dialogue genteel, and 

made their Appearance to* almoft the Wit entirely fpirited and ge- 

empty Benches, nuine. — In ithort, to fay the leaft 

Raps vpon Raps, or the we can in its Praife, we can 

Jufiice caught in bis cwn trap, fcarcely keep within the Limits 

Com. Anonym. 8vo. 1739.— To aflign*d us j and were we to fay 

the beft of my Remembrance it the mo(^, we could icarcely do 

was reputed to be Mr. Fielding's, JuIHce to its Mf rit. 

and. was a£led at the Little The- , kEcauiTs por the Que sn 

•tre in the Hayiaarket, — Scene op Hungary. ^/V/. Pro- 

ttondw* 'digal. 

The Rx billion. Trag. by The Repormatiok. Com. 

Tho, Rawlins, 4M, i64o.--Scene 4to. 1^73. — Scene Fen ice, -^This 

£rt;;7.— This Play was a£ted wkh Piece is*afcribed to one Mr. y^'« 

great Applaufe, and feems to have rtnofmith, M. A. of Camhrit^e, 

keen held in high Eftimation, but with what Juflice I cannot 

there being no lefs than eleven pretend to fay. 

Copies of Commendatory Verfei TheREPORM.*D Wife. Com. 

prefixM to this firft Edition of it. by Mt, Buruahy, 4to« 1700. — 

RiBXLLiON OP Naples. Froni this Play Mr, Cihher has 

yid. Ma ssavixllo. borrowed great Part of his Ladies 

Recruiting Oppicer, U^ Stake, 

Qom, by Geo, Farquhar, 4to. The Rep us a l^ or the Ladies 

'1707. — This moft entertaining Pbilofipby, Com. by C Cihber, 

and lively Comedy, which is at 4to. 1720.— ^The Groujnd-work 

this Time, and probably will ever of that Part of this Play which 

continue to be one of the moft relates to the fecond Title is built 

^andard and eftabliflied Amufe- on the Femmes famantes of Jd»» 

snents of the Britijh Stage, was lifre, which fyrigbt*s Female Fir^ 

written on the very Spot where tuofoes is alfp borrowed fromj 

the Author has 6x*d his Scene of But Mr, Cihher, who always greatly 

A^on, viz. at Shrnujbury, and improved thofe Hinta which he 

at a Time that he w^s himfelf a took from others, haS; introduced 

Recruiting Officer in that Town, a fecond Plot into it, by inaking 

and, by all Accounts of htm, the the CfiratmAances of his C^taf- 

very Character he has drawn in trophe depend on the Abfurdities 

that of Captain l^tfnv .—His Juf* of that Year of Folly and Infa- 

(ice Ballance was defign*d, at h^ tuatiqi) in which this pjay made 

teUs you liimfelf, as a Coqfpliment its Appearance, when the Bobble s 



•f the Soutb-Jea Scheme rendered Examination, I ihall by no Means, 

even Men of Underl^anHing Foobf here enttr in any particular Invcf- ' 

ail4 then Tubje^ed them to the tigation of its Merits, but leave 

defigoing Views of Knaves.-^-— > it entirely to the Decifion of the 

His Sir Gilbert ff'^rang/e, whom Public how far the Author and 

he has made a South fea Direc> Managers were or were not in the 

tor, is an admirably drawn, an' Right in their refpe^ve Parts of 

exceeding natural, and yet I ^ink the Conteft. 
an original Character ) and altho*^ RfGiciDivM* Tragi -Co- 

the Prejudice which the Author moedia« Anonym. 1665.— Thit 

had rais'd againft him on another Latin Piece , written by fome 

Occaiion(Vid.A'b»;«ror^ermitted Englijb Author, is on the Death 

this Piece to run for no more ofK.,Cl>ar/esl, but having never 

than fix Nighte, and that with feen it, I can give^ no farther Ac* 

repeated Difhirbances at every one count of it. 
of them, yet I cannot h^lp look- The Reg is tie O f 7 ic ■• 

ing on it as one of the moft fi- Farce of two A^, by J^fip^ 

niflied of this Author*s Come- Reed, 8vo. 1761. — This httle 

dies»— With the Revival of this Piece, which was performed only 

Play, if I do >ot miftake; Mr. for two Nights at the Th. Royal opened the Th. Royal at in Drury Lane, altho* at both Re- 

Drury Lane in the Year 17479 prefentations it met with great 

being the. firft of his Manage- Applaufe, is intended to expofe 

ffient, nor can I in Juftice omit the pernicious Confequences that 

taking Notice of the great Merit may, and prpbably do, frequently 

ihewn by Mr. Jlf«ri(//fl in the Per- arife from Offices q{ InteUigense, 

fonttatfce of 'the Part of Sir or, as they are called, Kegifier 

Cilhert, Cffficet, where the Management 

The R 1 6 1 c X o i» or King of them happtns to be lodged ia 

James I. Trag. by Dr. Stuffet, the Hands of wicked and defiga- 

Ivo, i749.-^ ^The Plot of this ihg Men.— This Defign is {vi/l&f 

Piece is founded on the Scotti/b « laadable one, as the Stage 

Htftory of the Reip of that Mo- ought certainly to be made the 

narch who was balely and barba- Vehide to convey to the public 

rooOy murder*d by his Uncle Ear and Eye, not Anly the Rc- 

Waher Stuart, Earl of jithol, in prefentation of general Vice and ' 

the Year 1437. — This Play was Folly, but alfo the KMwledgc of 

offirrM to the Managers of the any particular Evil or Abufe,' 

Theatres, but rejected, a parti- which may occur to a few Per- 

colar Account of which the Au- fons indeed, but thofe perhaps' 

tbor has given under feignM Cha- either too unconfequential or too 

rapiers, in his Adventures ofRo- indolent to attempt a Redrefs of 

diric Random, in which he has it, and which cannot therefore by 

difplay'd a great Deal of Wit and any Means fo readily as by this 

Humour, but with how much be brought forth to open Day* 

Juftice i cannot pretend to d^- light, and in Confequence to pub-' 

termine.— >lt was publifhed after- He Redrefs. — In the Execution of 

wards by Subfcription, very much, this, the Plan of which is ren< 

I believe, to its Author*s £mo* der'd as fimple as poflible, feveral 

Jomcnt.— As therefore it ftands Chara£lers are introduced.— The 

in Print, and oped to every one*s Generality of vrhich are well 

S 2 drawm 


.drawn, particularly the prorincial Lsm, tnd with fome fnG*^ 
•nes of an Irijb SpaljScen, a Scorch ccfs. 

Prdlar, and a Yorkjhire Servant ThcREHlARSAL. Com. hy 
Maid^ as alfo that of a military the Duke of Buckingham^ 410. 
Male Slip-JUff whofe Ignorance 1671.- — This Play was a£led with 
leads him into the perpetual Ufe Univerfal Applaufe, and is indeed 
of hard Wordj whofe Meaning the trueft and moi^ judicious Piece 
he does not uaderftand, and con* of Satire that ever yet appeared. — 
iequently mif- pronounces, and Its Intention was to ridicule and 
^hofe Impudence fecures him expofe tKe then reigning Tafte for 
from a BluHi on the Detefiion of Plays in Heroic Rhime, as alfo 
'his Abfurdity. — There is alfo an- that Fondnefs of Borabafl and 
other Character in it, which was Fuftlan in . the Language, and 
•mittcd in the Reprefcntaticn, Clutter, Noife, Bs0je and Shew 
»•;«. that of Mn, Srrare an old in the Conduit of dramatic Pieces 
Puritanical Bawd, which treads which then fo ftrongly prevailed^ 
io clofe on the Heels of the cele- and which the Writers of that 
hratcd Mrs. Cok in Mr. FoofiMi^ Time found too greatly their Ad- 
fioTf not only in the general Pov vantage in not to encourage by 
(rait, but in the particular Fea. their PrafUce, to the Exclufioii 
tures of Sentiment and Di^ion, of Nature ai^d tiruft. Poetry from 
that we fhouid certainly be ready the Stage— Thuis Play was writ- 
19 f.y. out in £xcIamation againft ten, and ha4 been feveral Thnei. 
rhe Autlior as the moft barefaced rehearfed before the Plague in 
and undaunted Plagiary, had he 16659 but was put a Stop to by. 
nota in an Advertifement anniex- that dreadful Pul»lic Calamity.rF-- 
ed to the Piece, affurM ua that It thea> howeVerj^ wore a vcrj 
the faid Cbara^er was written ^tfere'nt Appearance horn .what 
previous to the Appearance of the it does at preient, the Poet having 
Minor, and even that the MS. then been called Ml/$c^, an^ was 
had b^en lodged in Mr. Fc9te*9 intended iot ^ Hoiert Ji§zpar4 i 
own Hands, under an £xpe^a}:ion afterwards^ however, when Mr* 
cif that Oentkman^s bnnging It Dryden^ on the l>eath of Sir 1^ 
on the Stage in tht Year I758> DavetMntp became Laureat> and 
two Years before he brought out that the Evil greatly increafed by 
Kis own Piece of the Minor, his Example, th^ Duke thought 

• RxGVLUS* Trag. by John proper to make him the Hero of 
Crown, 4to. 1694. — The Title his Piece, changing the Name 
of this Plav declares what the of Bilboa into Bayex \ yet ftillj^ 
Subject of Its Plot miii^ be, the altho* Mr. Dryden't Plays became 
Story of Regulus being perfectly now the more particular Mark 
well known as one of the nobleft for his Satire, thofe of Sir Rob, 
!l^xamples of Honour and Con* Howard and Sir jy, Davenant by 
ilancy to be met with throughout no Means efcaped the feverity of 
the whole Roman Hiftory. — It is its Lafli. — This Play is ftill re- 
to be found in Linjy, FJorus, &c« peatedly performed, conflantly 
RiGULus. Trag. hy ff^.Ha- giving Delight to the judicious 
vard, Svo. 1744. — This Play is and~ critical Parts of an Audience, 
oh the fame Subject with the be- -7-Mr. Garrieky however, intro-* 
fore- mentioned one, and was pre- duced another Degree of Merit 
Rented at the Th* Roy, in Drury into the Part of liayes, having 



d it by his inimltaUePow- Which fee more in its Place. , 

en of MiiBicfcry not only the For what Reafinn this old Party 

Scourge of Poets but of Players PicccfhouH have been rcpubliihed 

alio, taking off, in the Courfe X>f *t the above Period | cannot cos - 

his InftruOioas to the Perform- ceiYc, nor why it ihould be dedi- 

CIS, the particular Manner and c^ted to PilUMUtre, who was a 

Style of a^ng of almoft every frtncb Rtfugi^ at that Tjme, 

Jiving Berformer of any Note.<^ pfoteaed by the late Dr. Hasdlty, 

And altho* that Gentleman has ^^n Biihop of Bangor, unlefs it 

lor fome Years poft laid afi^e this W^* with a maficious View, to 

. Pra^ice, out of a tender Conft- cail an Imputation of Puritanifin 

deration for thole Peribns whofe *^ antimonarchical Principles on 

Intoefts with the Public might ^he Bifhop and his Friends, 

be injured by the pointing out -The Rkhbarsal or Kikgs. 

^heir Iroperfe^ione to its Notice, Parce, 1691. Anonym.— What 

and perhaps efbeming Mimickry Kind of Piece this ts, I know 

below the Province of a Perform- ■ot, only finding a bare Mention 

cr of capital Merit, yet his £x- »»de of it in fUjituof and the 

ampk has been followed by ft Briti/b Thaitre, 

vcral A£tors who have fiace play- The Relapss, or yirtue in 

cd the Part, and will perhaps t>anger. Com. by ShJoifuyM' 

condnue to be ib by every one *''*X^» 4^o. iSgy.^^This Play 

whofe Powers of Execution are was writtoi as a Continuation of, 

c^ual to the Undertaking. or Sequel to Cikber't Lovii tmft 

The Reneaksal. A Farce, Shift ; all the principal Charaderai 

or AJeconi Part cf J4n, Confu- being cootinoed, and finely fup- 

fion*i Travail and hard Labour, ported to the Complexion they 

fit ifUhtr^din the Birth §fherft*ft bore in the firft Part.— It was, 

Monfiroin Ofipringy the Child of however, an hafiy Perlbrmance, 

Deformity, the -iepefil Frm't §f being written in fix Weeks Time, 

fiucu Teart Tetming, and a prtcioki and folne broken Scenes that there 

Babe of Grace, deiiver*d in the are in it may be deem*d an Irte- 

Tear X648, by Mercurius Brit- gularity. — - There are, indeed, 

tannicus, ^rrWutf/ffT^eyMr J718. much Wit, great Njture, and 

4to.— -The Dedication to Monf. Abundance of Spirit which run 

PiiHoniere.^'Thz Scene Cray^t^ thro* the whok of it, yet it muft 

Jnn, — This Piece I never faw, it be acknowledged there is a 

being in none df the Cstalogoes, Redundancy of LiceQtiou(h«fi and 

Dor taken Notice of hy any Au- Libertinjfm minted with them, 

thor, excepting in the' MS. Ad- and that two or three of the 

ditxons to Jac9b by Coxetery which Scenes^ particularly thofe between 

I have had io frequent Occafion Berinthia and Ltn/eUfs, and that 

to mention, and in which it is (which is indeed now omitted in 

inferted with the above full Ti- the Reprefentation) bet^en 

tie. It appears very plainly to Coupler and yoimg Fafiion, convey 

be a political Piece, and relative Ideas of {o much Warmth and 

to the Troubles ti Charles the Indecency, as muft caft a very 

firft*s Reign, and from its being fevere Reflexion on foch Audi- 

faid to be a fecond Part, and the ences as could fit to fee them 

fi£^idous Attthor*s Name annex- without being, fhnck with Confu- 

cd being correipondent, I am apt fion and Difguft. ■' T he Tafte 

to believe it intended as » Sequel howcvic of the Afge Sic ^o^n 

io the Mercuritn Brittamcuf, of « V%twT-u^ 


--Pltfihntgb lived in, alone could Life and Death rf OWyet tinm^ 

juftify his committing fuch Vio- welt An HiAori-Tragi^omi' 

lence on the Chaftity of the Co- Ballad Opera. Anonym, 8vo. 

micMufc; and whoever will pe • 173a.— —To this Kece, which 

nife Cibher\ Prologue to the Pro- was never pertbrmed, is annexed 

njok'd Httfiand, will be fatisfied a Preface in Vindication of the 

from the Teftimony of one who Author from certain Afperifions 

certainly was well acquainted which had been thrown on him 

with this Gentleman's Senti- with Regard to it. 
mentSy that he was, befort his Th^ Rktukn fkom Pak- 

Peathy not only convinced of, mass us, or^ Scwrgtfor Simony, 

but determined to reform this Com. Anonym. 4 to. 1606. ■ ■ 

£rror of Tafte. This Piece was pubtickly aded in 

RxLiGious, A Tragi-C6m. St. 3Fa6«*s College G;m^4^e, by 

by. the Datcheis of NewcaflU, the Students. — ^The Poets of that 

Fol. 1663. Time are treated with much Sc- 

The RxLiGiovs Rxbsl, or verity in it, and from the Hints 

the Pilgrim Prince, Trag. Anon, thrown out in it againft the Cler- 

4to. 1 67 1. — Scene in Germany, gy, Do£lor IViid hud the Foun- 

The RxNXGADO. Tragi-Co. dation of his Play called the J9fr- 

by Pl>il, Mnffinger^ 4to. i^jo.-^ nefee. 

This was efteemed a good Play, The Rxvxngk. Trag. by 

and is recommended by two Co- E, Twng^ 8vo. 1 721. —This Play 

pies of Verfes by Shir/ey and Da^ met, and juftly, with \'ery great; 

niei Larl^n, — ^Thc Scene TimfV. Succefs, as it it undoubtedly the 

The RxpaiSAt, or the Tars Mafter-piece in the dramatic Way 

nf Old England, Farce of two of that great and amiable Au- 

A£ls, hyUT, SmeUety Svo. 1757. thor. — ^The De6gn of it feems to 

—•However indifTemit this Au- have been borrowed partly from 

thor*s Succefs might be in Tra- Sbaktjpearis Qtbelbt and partly 

fcdy, yet his Comic Genius has from Mn,Bgbns Ahdelaatar ; the 

^ewn itfelf very confpicuoufly in Plot favouring greatly of the fcr- 

this Httle Piece, in which there mer, and the principal Character, 

aref^r Chara£Hrs, vix, a French, viz. Zanga, bearing a confiderable 

Scotch and Irifi Man, and an Refemblance to the latter. — Yet 

EngHJh Sailor, as highly drawn it will i^ot furely be faying too 

and as rationally diftinguiflied as much, to obferve that Dr. Toui^ 

in any dramatic Piece I know has in fojoe RefpeQs greatly im- 

in the EngHj^ Language.-*Itmet proved on both.— If we compare 

wiih good sycceft in the Reprc- the Iag§ in one with the Zag^ 

fcntation ; 3 et, to fpeak my real in the other Tragedy, we ihall 

and unbiaiTcd Opinion, not equal find the Motives of Refentment 

4o what its Merit might have greatly diffisrent, and thofe in the 

ji^ly claimed. latter more juftly as well as more 

The Rest ox A TXON, or Ifi^f nobly founded than in the for- 

v)'Il take Place- Tn^^'Com^wi^' mer.— X0f8*s Cauie of Revenge 
out Date.— -This Play was never . againft OtheSo is only his having 

a^ed;— itis a very pahry Per- fet a younger Officer over his 

fbrmance, yet has been attributed^ Head on a particular and fingle 

kut injurioufly, to the Drnke of Vacancy, notwithAanding he 

Sac^^ifghanh hi^nfelf fKU ftands moft high u 

Tiie R<f TOK ATioM ov hill IftMia «&4 Confideoce, and 

^XKC CUAKl.%% IX. V)i(k^U «»r 


4BI$eqveBtIy^ii| the faireft light, to his Wife in rapturous Tenns^ 
for being immediately preferred returning Thanks for Joys long 
by him ta a Poft of equal if not fince heftow'd on him ; he findf - 
greater Advantage.— To this in- his Ri^hire hid in a private Place 
deed is added a flight Sufpicion, in his Wife's Chamber, is told a 
which he himfelf declares to be pofitive and circnmftantial Story 
but bare Surmife, of the Gene- by one whofe perfe£i Tnith he 
ral's having been too great with had long confided in, and laftfy 
his Wife, a particular which is confirmed in all his Apprehea* 
Otbei/o*i Character and Caft of fions by that Uowillingnefs to 
Behaviour feems to give no Au- iboth them, mhich Leonora*9 con^ 
thority to I and on theie flight fcious Innocence urges her Pridfe 
Motivea.hf involves in the Ruin to aflTume. — Such are tbie Advan- 
he intends for the Moor, three tages the Piece before us has 
innocent Perfons befides, viz. with Refpe£t to Plot over Otheih, 
CaffiOf Defdemotia and Rodtrigo,'— And notwithftanding that Atde» 
Far different is Zanga*s Caofe ot taxar has been rendered by Mrs* 
Rage, and differently purfued.-^ Btbn a very fpirited Chara^er, 
A Father's aflur*d Death, flain by yet any one on Infpe^ion, witt 
Alotiz»$ the Lofs of a Kingdom, eafily perceive how much more 
in Confequence of his Soccefs, highly coloured Zanga is, and 
and the Indignity of a Blow be- vrbat Advantages, even in the 
ftow*d upon himfelf from the Subtilty and Probability of Suc- 
iame Haiid) ail thefe accumu- cefs in his Machinations, the one 
lated Injuries, added to the Im- has above the other. — In a Word, 
poffibility of finding a noblfr we may, 1 think, v:\xh. great 
Meant of Revenge, urge him a- Juftice, affign to this Piece a 
gaiaft his Will to the Snbtiities pUce in the very firft Rank df our 
and underhand Methods he em- dramatic Writings. 
ployi»-~Or/>rZ/!9's Jealoufy is rais'd The Riven ex, or A Mauh 
by Trifles, the Lofs of a poor fir Newgate. Com. 4to. i6So. -^ 
Handkerchief which Defdmtma This May wu attributed to Mrs. 
knew not was of Value, and Bihn^ but is in Reality no more 
only pleading for a Man's For- than Marfioti't Dutch Cooa- 
^veneis who had been cafliier*d tzxam, reviv*d wkh fome very i 
on a moft trivial Fault, are all trifling Alterations, 
the Circumftanccs he Jkas to cor- Rsvcmgx for Honour. 
roborate the vile Infinuations of Trag. by C?ro.C&0^M0iv,4to. 1654* 
J^^.— He therefore muft appear — ^The Plot of this Play is Eaft- 
too credokms, and forfeiu by luck em, and the Scene laid in w^tf- 
Condu^ fome of ou» Pity.— bia, 

AUnxOf on the contrary, long The Rxvxngitvi Qui sir. 
ftrugglet againft Convidion of Trag. by Wm» Pii&'f$, 4to. 1698* 
this Kind, nor will proceed to The Plot of this Play is taken 
Extremities, till, as he fays him- from MacbiavePs Fbrentint 1ft- 
felf, '* Proofs rife on Proofs, and ftorv, and the Scene laid in ^- 
** fiiUtbilafitbeftrong^r'^Tht roM.— Sir fFm. Davgnam had 
Man his Jealoufy ftands fixM on, many Years before vrritten a 
if one who had for three Years Tragedy on the fame Story, v/«. 
been not only his Wife*s Lover Albovinx Kino of the 
kttt her deftinVd Hufl>and. — ^He Lombards. That, however, the 
finds a Letter (fbrg*d indeed, bnt AvthocdeoUm toft ka«« ^ock- 
£9 Mi^to dcceir9him)ftQmCarkt ^^cic^siiL 

R I R I 

tfaifig of, till after the Writing and Play M not meet :t liHI UritluM 

PubUcation of this Piece. the Succefs the Author expe&ed 

Revxngbr*6 Tragedy. ViJ. froni it, but being revivM after- 

Lo Y alBrothxr. -wards with Alterations^ Wtw very 

TheREYoi^TCR. Tr. Anon* favourably received. 
4to. 1670. A Piece I know Richmond Wills. Anoii. 

nothing further of than the Without Date, and I believe ne- 

NaiDe. ver afted.-— Itis, however, oneof 

The RxvoLUTiON, or tie the ProduAions of the prefent 

Haffy CbmMge. A Tragi-Com. Century. 

a^d throughout tl^ Bngi^ Dtf- RiDxcuxotr* Lovers. Fiil. 

minions in 1688 ; written by a Genxrous Enkmtes. 
Peifon of Quality. — ^The Plan of Right Use or Peats. Fid. 

this Piece may be eafily conceived. Divine Comedian. 
and it is as apparent that it muil Right will prevail. Ftd, 

be purely political, and could not Usurper db'tsc ted. 
have been intended for Rcyre- Right will take Place. 

ientation.— It is, probably, the Vi<tf, Restaur ation. 
Production of feme Time very Rinaldo. Opera, 8 vo. 17 ii. 

foon aftte the Period oftheRe> ^-Performed- at the Queen*-e 

volution i but. its exaA Date I Theatre in the Hafmarket, ■ 

cannot trace. The Plan of this Piece Was laid 

Revolution. Fild, Timo- hj AxrmHiUf that Gentleman's 

LEON. Defign was filPd up vnth Italian 

The Revolutiok op Swe- Words by Sig. Giacamo Reffi, and 

DEN. Trag. by Cdtbarine Trotber, the Mufic coaspofed by Fandei.-^ 

^to. 1706. — The Scene StockhoAn The Hint of the Story is taken 

and the Camp near it. from Taff»y and the Scene in and 

The Rewards opViRTuXk nttt JerMfakm, 
Coin.hy Jvhn Fountain, 4to, 1661, Rinaldo and Armida« 

—This Play was not intended for Trag. by J. i)ennis, 4t0. 1699. 

the Stage by its Author J but after —The Hint of the chief Cha- 

his Death, Mr. Sbadw/l, Who rasters in this, as well as the laft 

f erceived it to have Merit, made mentioned Piece, is from Teffo's 

ibme fcHf Alterations in it, and Oierufalemme, but the Manners Of 

reviv'd it undier the Title of the them being by our Author 

Royal Shepherdess, in. the thought unequal to that great 

Year 1669. Itaiiau, he has taken the Liberty 

Rh«don ai»d Iris. A Paf' to change them, and* form his 
toral by Ra^b Kwvft, 4^0. 1631. Characters more agreeable to the 
—This Piece is recommended by ^ubje^.-^^Hia Reafons for fo do- 
four Copies of VeHes ^ it was ing he has given, not only in his 
prefented at the FUrifTs Feaft at Preface to the Play, but alfo in 
I^orwitb, Mty 3, 1631.*— The the Pr^Axgw^, which he confeffin 
Sctne llxffafy. to be a So#t of Preface to it. — ' 

Richard II. Vid. King How far he has fucceeded in his 

Richard H. Defign, muft, however, be left 

Richard IU. f^d. KiMO to the Judgment of everyReadbr. 

RrcHJtKD III. —The Scene lies on the Top of^ 

TheRjCHMOVJ^ HEiftmst,oc % MoutitaAii \sv x\ifc CaMtrin,-^ 
A mman mca in the RiAu Com. TV^e >4^a\ ^\«!tac«i^wix% \^ 
by Ti^, Durfy, i^^ J 691^— Tto \t, ^wtt c«av^ Vj \kt, ^^ 

RI . RI 

XccUs^ excepting a Chorus in the whom be hertafitrJhaU Ccdl Tatrou. 

fourth A£l, which is borrowed — From hence it appetrs that it 

from Mr. H, PurcelTt Froft had met with f^^Bfi^Criticifms/ 

Scene. which he knew not how to bear. . 

The RivAt Brothiis. Tr. —Yet it is commended by » 

Anonym. 4to. 1704.— The run- Copy of Latin Yerks, and two in 

ing Title of this Play, is, The fatal EngHJb* — It has an 1ntrodo£Uon 

Surety or the tUvid Brothers, "^ by Way ofDiatogue,betweenJ^ff»Xy 

Scene England, Plweius and Thetis, fung by two 

The Rival Foots. Com. by Trebles and a Bafe, in which 

C Cil>her, 4to. 1708. — This Play P^enus, (being Pbojfhorus, as well 

is partly borrowed from Fletcher^ s as Vejper) appears at a Window a- 

iVit at Jeveral Wcafpns, It met, bove, as rifen, calling to Pkeehui 

ho^^evcr, with very bad Succe& (or Sol) who lies in Tbetis'% Lap, 

—There happened to be a Cir- at the Eaft Side of the Stage, ca- 

cumftance in it, which being in nopy*d by an azure Curtain.-— 

itfelf fomewhat ridiculous, gave TheSctnehttwettiLovea/lfMun- 

Tome Part of the Audience a fa- grell, and Hammerjhin, iiv the 

vourable Opportunity of venting third A£l, iscopyMfrom that be* 

their Spleen on the Author;— tween Trurwit, Daw, and La 

y\z, a Man in one of the earlier' Fool, 'in the fourth A^ of l^fli 

Scenes on the Stage, with a long Jonfon'i Silent "^om ak« 

Angling Rod in his Hand, going TheRivAL Grnxr als. Tf« 

to fiih (ot Miller* s Tbutiihs : on byMr.^/«r/rW, without Date, but 

vrhich Account, fome of the fprne Time about 1733. — This 

Spe^tator^ took dccafioh when- Piece is mentioned no where but 

5vcr Mr. Clbher appeared in the in the Briti/b Theatre, — And as 

-Chani£ter he himfelf play*d 19 the Author is there faid to be an 

it, to ery but continual]^ Miller* ^ Jrijh Gentleman, it is probable 

Tbt^fikt*. , * . ' this Piay might have beeui reprc-^ 

TEe Rival Fa 1 KN Ds. Ccoi* fente^ ih DjiMff. 
' %jrPeUr HauHeady /^to, i^yi, '^ Rival Coi>DXssxs, H^d* 
Tne Title of this Play has fome- Lovk Triumphant. 
whatwhimfical in it, and bean The Rival Kings, or thi 
I'eftimony to the Author^s Unea- Loves of Oroondates and Statira, 
/inefs under Cenfure.— -He tells Tn%, hy John Banks, 4X0, 1677,. 
)Bim in it, that it was aded before —This is one of the leaft known 
the King and (^een*s Majefties, of this Authors Pieces, and bears 
when, out of meir princely Fa- the ftrong Chara^teriftic of all 
vour, they were pleafed to vifit his Writings*, vis. the being af- 
the Univerity of Cambridge, on fefting in its Condu£l, without 
the 19th Day of il^^(^> 163 1. having one good Line in its' 
Oj*ddowH by Boys, Fafliom, Enty, Compoiition.— It is written in 
and confident Ignorance, aptrov d Rhyme, and the Plot taken al- 
by the judicious, and expos'' d to the moft entirely from the Romance 
public Cenfure by the Akthor,'^llxi of Cajfandra^ excepting what Re- 
Dedication is in the fame Style, lates to Alexandtr, the Founda- 
being aCopyofVerfes, infcrib'd tion of which may be tracM in^ 
tg the Right Honourable, Right iJ^- Sluintus Curtius and yuJiint-^Tht 
verend, Kigh ff^orjbiftful, or Scene 6ai»y{on. 
wJhat/aevtr ft it, iait be, or TViC Kin kl \*kt>\'1.\* '^x-*!^- 



Ccfli. by J, Drydett, 4to. 1875. real Dignity, and fuch beautiful 

—The Dc<|ication to this Play is Flights of Imagination and Fancy, 
a Kind of Preface in Defence of as render even the Madnefs of 

blank Verfe. — The Scene lies in thi» true Genius, ipore enchant* 

Alicant y the Difpute betwixt ing than even the more regular 
Amideo and Hypolito, and Gori' ^nd finiih*d Works of the cold 
Jaho^s fighting with the Pyrates, laborious Playwright of fome 
is borrowed from Ettcolpius, Gitoti, P^iods fince his Time. T he 

Eumolfus and Ttypbend'i boarding Sccn^ is in B^bylgn^ and the Story 

t'le veiTel ofLycas, in Petroniut may be found in the Hiftorians 

JLrhiter'f and the Cataftrophc has of that Hero's Life. 
• near ]^efemblance to that of The. Rival Queai^s, ivitb 

Scarron't Rival BrotberSf the Humonrs of Alexander the 

The RivAL^jLLiNKRS, or Greatt hy C.Cibber, 8vo. 1^29. — 

the Attorney*! Clerks, Farce, by This Piece is a Burlefque on the 

Hob. Drury, 8vo. 1735. —This laft mentioned Play, almoft every 

is a Burlefque or Mock Tragedy, Scene beingparodized with a good 

and was performed at the Little deal of Humour. — • This Piece 

Theatre in the Haymarket, with was not printed till the Time of 

fome Apjplaufe. tlie above Pate, and then only in 

Tbe Rival Mod^s. Com« Z>iy^//>. *- Yet the Author of the 

by y*. Moore Smytb, 8vo, X726. Briti/b Theatre obferves, that it 

-^The reputed Genius of this, was performed about the Year 

Gentleman, gave the higheft£x- X710,. but without faying where. . 
pe£btions of this Piece for a The Rival Pit ixsts, or tbe 

Jong Time befpre its Appearance^ Female Politician, Com. by Mefl*. 

which, however, it was very far Bellamy, 1746.— N'oflc of the^ 

from anfwering, and conlequent- '^ritings of thefe Gentlemen' 

ly very foon dropt into Obhvion. were eve^ a^ed. 

The Rival Mot HKA. Com. T^e Rivalj. Tn^-Q^ 

Anon. 8vo. 1678. / 410. 1668.— This I^ay' is ijrmXti 

The Rival NrMrif8» or/£# without any Author's Name, but 

Metry SiffotH, by MelT. Dan, BeU ' Langbaine, on tbe Authority, aft 

ibw}^, fen. and jnn. 1740 -—This, he (ays, of the Publiiher; afcribet. 

is one of the dramatic Pieces {tub- it to Sir ^. Davenant, T he 

liihed by theie Gentlemen in Scene lies in Arcadia, ' 
Conjunction. — I never faw it. The Rival 5istek9, ot tbe 

but by tbe Title imagine it to be Violence of Love, Ting, by Robert 

a Comedy. Gouldy 4to. 1696. — The Rep;e- 

The Rival QVicns, or tbe fentation of this Play appe^'by . 

Death of Alexander the Oreat, Tr. the Author's Coknpliint in l^it 

by Ntttb. Lee, 4to. 1677. — This Epiftlc, to have been for fome 

li bokM on as one of tbe beft of Time delay*d after his firft Offer 

this Author's Pieces, and is to of it to the Stage ; but when it 

this Day frequently reprefented on was a£led, met with a favourable 

the Stage ; yet with confiderable R%ce^tion.<-— The Plot is in great 

Alterations from what Mr. Lee Meafure borrowed from Sbirley^s 

Ifeft it, — It muft be confefs'd. Maid's Revenge, but the original 

that thert is much Bombaft and Story is to be found in Gdd*s Re' 

ExtravgLgMce \n /jbmc Parts of it^ wwge againjV Murder .—TVA%<».tvft 
yet ia others there is fo muck Ucs %t Anion, a^NV^^i^Vti YtrtH-i 

R O R O 

|fa/.—Th«JPrologue ajfid Epilogue Robtn Hood's PASToltAL 

written by D'C/ry^. May Games, 1624. 

The Rival Widows, ortbe Robin Hood ANDHitCitBW 

fur Libertine, Com. by Mrs. or Soldiers. An Interlude. 

Coopery 8vo. 1735. —This Piece 1627.— This Piece and the laft- 

/was a^ed at the Theat. Royal in mentioned one, are in all the 

Covent Gardgtt, with fome Succefs. Lifts, yet J do Jiot 6n4 any of the 

The principal Characters being Writers who pretend to have feen 

alternately perlbmaed by the Au- them \ Langlaine and yacobYmyt 

thor and Mrs. Horton, mentioned them without Date, 

. The Roaring Girl, or and it is only in the f r/V^ 72)rtf- 

Moll Ottpurfe, Com. by Tpo, Mid- ^re that 1 meet with thole above, 

dlet9n, 4to. 161 1.— -Mr. Decker which iVom that Authority alone, 

was greatly afliftant to the Au« therefore I have affixed to them, 
thor ia the Compofitioo of this Rob in hood. AMuficalEn- 

piay. tertainment, 8vo. 175 1. — This 

Robert Earl of Hunt- Piece was performed at the The a. 

ington's Downfall, afterr Roy* in -Or. Laney but without 

^ards called Robin Hood 0/ merry any great Succefs, it having litUe 

Sherwode ; with his Love to the more than MuHcal Merit to re- 

ch^eMztiUsiytbe LcrdYitzwiteT^s commend it, which was not even 

Daughter, afterwards his Maid thgh quite fo much the Idol of 

Marian. — An hiftorical Play, by public Adoration, as it feems at 

T'ho.Htytvood, ^to, i6qj. prefcnt to be. 

Robert Earl of Hunt- Rodelinda Qukbn of 

ington's Death, ctherwife Lombardy. An Italian Opera, 

called Robin Hbod, of meryShcr. by N, Haym, 8vo. 1725. This 

wode, with tl^ lamentable Tragedy Opera was performed at the Qjs 

of ebafie Matilda, his fair Maid Theatre, in tht Haymarket For 

Monan, poifoned at Dunmow by the Story, fee the Hiftory of 

the King, An hiftorlcal Play, by Paolo Diacono, — The Scene in 

Tho. Heytpood, 4X0, 1601. — ^This Milan i the Mufic compofed by . 

Play and the preceding one, are Mr. Handel, 
both printed in the old black Rollo Dvkx of Norimam« 

Letter, and are neither of them dy. ^4/. Bloody Bbothxr. 
divided i«to A€ti, — ^The ftrft Part The RomanActor. Trag. 

is introduced by J. Sheltony Poet by Phil, Majinger, 4to. 1629. — 

Laureat to Henry VIII. and the o- This Play was confiderM by its 

ther by Ftyar Tuck, — The Story Author, and by other dramatic 

on which they both are founded Poets, his Cotemporaries, to have 

OMy be feen in Stow, Speed, Ba^ been the moft perfe^ Birth of hii 

ker, and the other Hiftoriaos of A// A^rwa, as appears from his own 

the Reign of Richard I. Epiftle dedicatory, and by no left 

Robin Conscience. Aii than fix feveral Copies of Verfes 

Interlude. Anon. 4to. 1624.—— prefixed to it. — It could not. 

This Piece is entirely allegorical, therefore, x fail of meeting with 

being a dramatic Dialogue of Succeis in the Reprefentation.-^ 

R»bin Confiience, againft his Father It was revived with^ fome Altera- 

Covetous, hiz^Modia Newguifif tiont, and printed in 8vo. xyzx* 

and his Si^er FroudBt0^ij. and even before that Tusk^> Mic. 

RO mo 

Betterton occadoncd it to be got up tells us, that by the Advice of 
in the Theatre, and gain*d great Friends he has done To, and that 
Applaufe and Reputation in the this Ett^eror was one of the great- 
Part of the Roman jUior, which eft that ever Rome boafted. — Lang- 
"he himfelf performed. — ^ThePlot baine conjefbires, that under the 
of it may be found in the Hifto Character of Falentius, the Author 
rians of the Reign of Domtian, has intended to draw that of Con- 
and the Scene lies at Rome, fiantine the Great, and that Crifpu\ 

The Roman Bkidx*s Ri* and his Mother-in -Law F4»/?Vm, 

VENGV. Trag. by C^tf. G//</0ff, lie concealed under thofe of F/ervs 

4to. 1697. — ^Thiswasaveryhafty and Fuhia. — The Scene of this 

Produ£Mon, having been wfitten Drama or Action, is about the 

in a Month, and met with that Banks of the Tiber ; where Hof- 

Succefs, that fuch Precipitancy tiliui and his Party are fi^pofed to 

in Works which undoubtedly re- be in Rome, or on the Roman Side 

quire the utmoft Care in Compofi- of the River, and Falentius with 

tion, Revifal and Correftion, juft- his Party encamped on the other 

ly dcferves. —Yet it is far from Side, in the Nature of Befiegers. 

being dcftitute of Merit, the firft TheRoMAN Fathek. Tr, 

aiidfecond A£ls, written probably by fFi ffTiitebead, 8vo. 1750. — 

while the Author's Genius and This Play is founded on that ce - 

Imagination were in ^eir Aill lebrated Incident of the earlieft 

glow, being very well executed. Period of the Roman Hiftory, 

Nor is the Cataftrophe at all to be the Combat between the Horatii 

found fault with. — The Moral and the Curiatii, — ^This Story had 

intended in it, is to fet forth, in been long ago made the Subje^ 

the Punifliment of ond of the of a dramatic Piece, by the grcsit 

principal Charafters, that no Con- French Tragic Writer, P. Corne^ 

nderation whatfoever, fhould in- iUe, whofe Horace is efteemed a- 

duce us to hegleft or delay the mon%!^)\i&Chefd'Oewures, — From 

Service of our Country. — The that Tragedy, therefore, Mr. 

Scene lies in Rome, and Part of fFhitebead confefTes that he has 

the Plot is taken from Camnea of borrowed the Idea Of two or three 

Oalata, of his moft intereftingScenes. And 

The Roman Empress. Tr. I muft confeis I cannot help 

by Wm, Joyner, 410. 1 671— This wiihing he had even more clofely 

Play met with great Approbation followed the Plan of that very 

jmd Sutcefs, notwithftanding its capital Writer iS the Conduct of 

JBrft Appearance laboured under thel'iece,fince by confining him- 

fome Inconveniencies. The Lan felf entirely to Rome, and the Fa- 

guage of it is poetical, fpirited, milyofthef/invrf/V, hehasdepriv*d 

and mafculine, and free from hiilifelf of the Opportunity of 

what he calls the jingling Anti- throwing in that Variety of InJ 

thefes of Love and Honour 5 Terroi' fcident and Contraft of Chara£ler| 

mad Cdmpajpon being the alternate which Comtitte's Play is poflefs'd 

Senfations he aims at exciting in of, in Confequence of his having 

his Auditors. — It is not very ap- introduced the young Curisfim, 

parent for what Reafon the Au- whofe rugged, hardy Valoar, tho' 

thorihould alter the Names of the truely heroical, fett off, in th'e 

Characters from thofe whith moft advantageous Manner, the 

Cfafv bear in Hiftory. ^•Yet he Bquality and Reiblution mingled 


R O R O 

With a fuporior Tendevoefs «id ther tddreOicd to the &cider than 
Humanity, which ihioes out in the Auditor* 
the Charader of the young Hora- Roman Laoibs. Ki» YM^- 
tius, — ^The Addition of a Sifter TAt ViftorxCt 
oi Curiatuts married to Hkrstuts, TheR«tMAN B1aji». Tm%*hy 
in CortteiUe\ Tragedy, alfo i>y Capt. tftrijlf, Hvo. J7fti. — This 
ilfengtheningtheTie.between^^e PUf wat aded «t th« T-hettre 
Families^ is a great Aggravs^Upn Royal mi Liaeobi^flnH'FitUs, 
of the Diftreis. i l would sot, 'with very lirtle Siicceft. 
however, here be vnderfiood to Romaw MATAOif. yiLCo^ 
mtzn any Refle£lioQ on Mr. 
fybjubead't Tragedy, which has TherJLoM ajff Kvtemc &• Tr. 
certainly great Merit, and ob- by ^, Hi/i, ^yo. 27$3«*— This 
tained the mft Approbation of Play was aCted at theTheat.AC 
repeated and judicious An^eaces. ^^Afr with iiBncSuooefs, l^ut is 
— For fiiiely to faU ioaewhat not equal to ttit jGeoerelity of 
(hort of a Cfneilk, can be nol^if- ks Author's Wodcs. •<— The Plot 
grace to any Writer beneath a of itis theBe«kaf^ntt>G«jSirj 
Shake/pear, —Kay, in ibveRe- jind (he has heightened the Oi- 
fpeds, the Pioce before us has the ftrefs by aCircamibnce, whidi. 
Advantage of the Frenth Phy, however, IJuimv not>thathe hras 
the declamatory Parts intheiaft any Authority for in Hiftory, 
A61 being, in the latter, too long vix, the making SnausAadium" 
and diifuie for giving PleaAire in ictf, aiter the I>BSth of thei>k- 
a theatrical Rcpre^'entation, how- tatoi^ to be htS natttral Son.^-* 
ever pleafing they may appear in How fxt fbchjm Addition to, or 
the Clolet.-«-There are alio, in Deviationr fmm xeoosded Fads, 
general, more poetical Beauties is waosmtable, jor comes within 
in the language lof lAriU^bke- thelivitsiof theX^c^fffris /wf^, 
i'/'47<rs, than in that %i Comtille'^ Iha»eaieialiemJR.oam norindiila* 
Tragedy J and indeed, taking it lion to -eBteiriiito « ^ikuJIioQ of 
on the wjiole, it may it, raok-'id a- in thb-filace. 
mongft the beft of the dramatic Roirs kjccis^d. A •fiallad 
Pieces of this fomewhat.ufifffoli- Opera, 8vo. x733.»^Tfai8 Iktle 
hck Age. Piece is^entifcly political, aod was 

The RoMAir GKN«aALS>,or never intended ii>r the Stage, he- 
tbe difirj^'ed Lsdm* Trig, by ingonlya Satireoa^elb£tafiire^ 
John Dov<r, 4to. 1677.— -The then taking hy the Mii^iby 
Plot of thaiPl^iy, as far as it .re- with Regaixi to the Revenue. 
lates to Hiftory, may be taac'd in Romeo and Jvlx^tt. Tmg. 
Flutarch'*^ JLives of Fwifrf and by W, SbahefpNtrt, 4to. 1599. ^« 
C^^.-r>The Author has, howe- The Fable of this now favorite 
ver, laid it down as his Maxim, Play, is buik^on a raal Ti«g4dy 
neither rigidly to adhere to hifto- diat happened about (kit ^Be* 
rical Fa^, aor wildly to deviate gining^f the foiwtdenthCcntaiy. 
from it. — ^The Scene lies in Gal- The* Story with ^1 its Ciroutn- 
Zitf, i{ew«,«|id o|herPa>ts«of/4a^. A^nces, is given us hy BanMllo^ 
From the general Tenor of the in one of his Novels,- Vol. a. 
Prologue and Epilogue, it is not Nov. 9. and aHb bv Oiroiimi 
unrcafonable to 4!oUe^ that the .Gv««, inkil MiAysrjF of ^'irmM.— 
Piece was never afted, nor in- TheScene,intheBeginingofthe 
tended to be fo^ they feeming ra- T ^ICa. 


fifth A6^, is at Mantua i thro* all thro* the two laft A£ls, equal to 

the roift of the Piece, in ahd near the Sample he had given of it in 

Verona* — As I have roentibned the tbrf e former ones. — — 

before that this is tt prefent a The Cataftrophe is aife^ling, 

very favorite Play> it will be ne- and even as it ftands in the Ori- 

celTary to take notice what vari- ginal, is fuffictently dramatic 

ous Alterations it has gone thro* ■ Now for the feveral Al- 

from Time to Time, and in terations of it, of which I ffiall 

%vhat Form it at prefent appears, mention three, by three feve- 

which is conHderably different ral Hands. —The firft of thefe 

fik>in that in which it was origi- that! find taken Koticeofjis that 

nally written. — The Tragedy in by yames Howard, Efqj whom 

itfelif has very great Beaut'es, yet Dtwmt in his Rofcitis Ang/icatms, 

on the whole, is far from being -p. M, tells va, alter*d this Tra- 

this great Author*s Ma(icr-Piece. gedy iuto a Tragi-Gomedy, pfc- 

— - An amazing Redundance of ferving both Romeo and yuSet a- 

Fancy ihines through the whole live ; -^ fo that when the Play 

Di£tion of the Love Scenes^ yet was reviv*d in Sir fVm. Dave- 

the Overfiowiop of that Fancy, nant^a Company, it was play*d al- 

in fome Places rather runs into temately, vut. tragical one Ddy, 

Puerility, and the frequent Inter- and tragi-comical another, for fe- 

vention of Rbimes which ap« veral Days together. — Ibe fvcond 

pears in the original Play, «id Alteration I fliall mention here, 

which feems a Kind of Wanton- was by Mr. Theepbilus Gbher, 

nefs in the Author, certainly a- who in the Year 174^ or 1746, 

bates of that Verifimilitudc to na- revived this Play at the Theatre 

tural C^nverfat^on, which ought in the Haymarkety and pubiiihed 

ever to be maintained in drama- it as altered from Sbakeff>eare by 

tic Dialogue, ^fpecially where the bimfelf, with anr Apology for his 

Scene and Action fal> under the own Life,-^In this Edition* how- 

Circumftance of domeftic Life.— • ever, not much more is done 

The Chara£lers are fome of them than breaking the Rhimes into 

very highly painted, particularly blank Verie, by the Subftitution 

thdft of the two Lovers, which of fome few Words for fynony- 

perhaps poflefs more of that m- mous ones of a different Termi- 

xnantic, giddy, and irrefiilable nation, and the lopping oflT certain 

Paflion of Love, where it makes extraneous Pai]aees,vwhitir were 

its firft Attack on very young either trivial, prolix, or unneeef* 

Jicarts, than alllhe Labours of an fary to the general Purport of the 

hundred Poets fmce, was all the Plot or Action.-— The thiixi and 

fflence of their Love Scenes to be laft of thefe Alterations, is that 

united into ofle, could poflibly which is now univerfally and Te- 

convey an idea of. Mercutio too, peatedly performed in all the 

is a Character fo boUly touched, £rr>/)^ Tfaeatreii, and is the Work 

and io truly fpirited, that it has of Mr. Garrick, whofe perfe^ 

been a Surmife of fome of the Acquaintance writh the Proper-* 

Celtics, that Shakrffeare put him ties of Eflle^, and unqueftionable 

to Death in the third Aik, from Jiidgment as to what will pkafe 

1 Coniciouinefs that it ¥fouI^ e- an Audience, have ihewn them- 

sen exceed the Extent of his own felves very confpicuoufly ih this 

Fowen to fuppoit the Character Piece.*— F«r without doing much 

« jnort 

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more than reftoring Sbak^petuy them have appeared lA Print, I 

to himfelf^ and the. Story to the can giTe i^Q Norther account of 

Novel from which it was arigi- then). - 

nally borrowed, he has. rendered I cannot, however, quite drop 

the whole more uniform, and this Subject without taking No^ 

-worked up the Cataihophc^ to a ticeof one more Alteration, tho* 

greater D^ee of^Diftre/s, than notfoprofeflTedaoneofit, made,by 

it held In fheOriginal; as Juhei*B more celebrated Pen, than any of 

awaking before ^gme<{B Death, thofis I have hitherto mentioned, 

and the Tranf^rts of the latter, v/». Mr« Oiioay, whofe Traget^ 

on iepng her revive, pvqr-coming of C a { u $ Ma r i u s is founded 

eyen th« very Remembrance of wholly on it» and who has culled 

th^ very late Jl(\ of Defperation all its choiceft Beauties to eq- 

he had committed, give Scope for graft , them on the Stock of a 

that fuddei> Tranfition from Ra|^ Roman Story , with which they 

ture to Defpair, 'which make the have not, nor can have^ ^e leaft 

R^ecolle^on that he mufi die, plaufibl^ CoQQe^don,-— — Xetio 

infinitely more afie£ling, and.the little does jLhis Play feooi to hayc 

Difbefs of JttHit, as well as his been . know^ ^1 . x>f veiy late 

own> much deeper than it is.po^ ^mh^ that I « have frequently, 

fible to be in S^akefpearit Play, with Soiprii^, obferved Quota? 

where fhe does not awake till af- tions of fome of its fineft PafTa* 

ter the Poifon Jhas taken its full ges, paxt,^calariy the inimitable 

E^<t io ihe Death of Rmieo. 7— Peicriptkm of the ApotEecary't 

There iaoae Alteration^ however/ Shop, madeUfe of by Attkhors^ 

10 this piece, which I mnft con* who have attributed them to Or* 

fefs, does npt appear to me alto- 5hu^> without feeming to have the 

gfither fo neceflaryji viz. the intro' leafl Knowledge from, whence he 

ducing, Komto from the. Begining took themt— Yet to do that Cen« 

M in I«ove with Juliet^ . whereas . tleman himfelf Juftice, it muft 

S^ahiCftart (eems to hav^ inten- be acknowledged that in his Pro- 

dedy py making him at firfl ena- logue he has confefTed his having 

n>our*<r with another fRoJalind) borrowed half his Plot from fomc 

to point out his Nfisfortunes in Play of Sbake^eanUf altho* h« 

the Coiifeqnence of one PafHon, does not mention this particulaf ly 

as a Piece of Poetical. Jufkice for by Name. 

his InconiHncy and Falfhood in RoMx'sFoLLXXS.or /i^vf«i0<' 

Regard to a prior Attachment, as rous Fryan» Com. by N, iV. 4to. 

Juliet* z'lTi fome Meafure are for 1681. — ^The Scene lies in^the 

her Breach of filial Obedience, City of Rome, and it is faid in the 

and her Raihnefs in the Indul- Title-Page, to have been a&ed at^ 

gence of a Pafliqn, fo oppofite to a Perfon of Quality*! Houfe^ but 

the natural Interefh and Connect I imagiile it. was only intended 

tions of her Family. to throw a Glance of Cenfur& and 

Befides thefe^ two other Ma- Ridicule on the Profeflbrs of the 

nagers, viz. Mr. Sberidan of the Romijb Religion, which were at 

Dubiitty and Mr. Lee of the Fd/n- that Time pretty numerous, and 

^i/r|rj& Theatre, have each, for the (lill. more increafing ia thefe 

Ufe of their refpe^Uv? Companies, Kingdoms. 

made fome fuppofed Amendments Romulus anoHsrsilia* 

in this Play, but as neither of or the Sabme War, Trag. Anon. 

Ta 4^t<K. 

R O . RO 


4to, 1685. — This IS a very good The Rovii, or Happineft at 
Pl»y 5 the Plot taken from £/'ry, JaJF, A dramatk Pafloral, dcfignM 
Liln. sti^OviiFsMetntfr. Lib. 14. for the Theatse, But never a^ed, 
—The Scene lies in Rome, sind Anonym. 8vo. 1752. -^^ This 
thfc EpHogae h v^^ritten by Mrs Piece I never faW. 
£itfr, TheRovEKRECLAi-M'p, C. 

RosAtrNDA. A dramatic Anonym. 1691. This Play I 

Piece, by^. Lctkman, 8vo. 1740. do not find merttioncd any where 
—Never a€bcd.' but in the Britljh Theatre. 

Rosamond. Opera, hy Jo- Rovm Rxclaim'd. f^d, 
/rt*6 Aifdiforty 4to. 1701. — Tlie Ladt*s Rsvence. 
Plot of this littfef Piece i» taken The Roving Husbakd m- 
from the £«2p^'Fliftory m the ctAiw'D. A Comedy, toritfen 
Reign of Henry H. and it is obftr- 6y a Chib of Ladies, in Vrndica' 
vefi that it etteeds, in the Beauty tim af^rtuoin PtaySy 4to. 1704. 
ot'thc DiftioM, any Englijh Per- — ^ThisPlay was never afted^ nor 
fofmaticc of the Kind. — it was, de I /ind it in any 0^ the Cata- 
howrs'er, very il! fet to Mufic, by logues, yet Cbxeter has It wirti th(f 
vyhich Mean's the Succefs it met above niH Title, in hk MS. 
w?th, ftll far fhort df what its >fotey." ' 

Merit might juftly fiave laid a The l^oinffD-'HSAErs^ or the 
Claim tb.— The Scene is hid in Oifid pU Cavje, tortif by'MrE. 
Wcodfiock P?n4c. Bfhn, 410. 1682. -— CrCft Part 

RoTHpKic OX^onnor, K. both of t^e Plot .i^d Lsoigus^ 
o> Cqnnavgkt, or, the Dif- of this Pjay x* IjofroWBd irora 
tr^^*dFrr0Ci, Trag. by Cha, SM- T»ihmU ^njwdy> caJfJt Th? 
ntfeitly rimo. 1726. — This Trag. Rtrj^. — Tct to d«i MrtypAft 
•was afted mlhthfrn, the Ti^ Ju<^, ft<c has veiy mu^ x^- 
pdifjts out where the Scene is pfov'd on Her Orijpnal^ , hiving 
laid, artd the- Piqt is bont>wed drawn Ae 'RounStadsp wfaoie 
from tiie Irifi Hiftorians. — 'Tt is Charafters i;t was the priticipai " 
fair from being a bad Play, tho', Defignof both to expofe, in i^iicli 
I think not equal to fonie of hit higher Colours than her Pre<fe- 
Comedies. ceflbr waj able to do. — TheSd^^ie 

The Rov»F, or the BamflPd London, 
Cwtffffrr. Com. in tvroPartf, by The RotJT. Farce of two 
Mrs jiphra Behn, 4to. 1-677 and A&a, 8vo. 17 59.— This very fh- 
1681.— Thcfe two Comedies are Hgnificant little Piece, made its 
both of them veiy tfntertaimixg, firft Appearance for the Benefit 
. arid contain muchBufinef^,Bl)ftle, of the Marine Society, and was 
and Intrigue, fopported with an faid to be written by a Perf$ft of 
infinite deaj of SprigbtKnefs. — ^^Hty^ and presented to that 
Tfee'Bafiroftfeem both, however, aiarity, without any the leaft 
jnay^ be found on a Perufel of View to private Emo^ument. 
Hi/^etv^ Don Tbomaso, or — In fome Kttle Time aftcr- 
tbe Wanderer, — Tlic Scene of the wards, however, this boaftcd Per- 
firft Part is lard in Naples, during fbn of Diftinftion, turned out ta 
tl^C Titne of Carnival, which is be no other than the iiluftrious 
tht high Scafsn for Oalhmtry, Dr. Hill (of whom fee fome fur- 
9nd, that of the fecoud aX Ma- xV\e,t lAfciAxon under Orpheus 

R O R O ' 

irtttrsfted Motives X»fmhJkBeiie^ jeft> and Scene of it, it being 

valence, terminated at hft in a evidently delign'd fa iidicule the 

Demand on the Maflagers for a Gondu^ of the unfortunate King 

frtHfoie Benefit to hindelfy by a y<"*»'i J^« in his Abdication, and 

''lecond RepfcfentatioA of the the Author has drawn mof)- oi[ 

Piece. hia Chara^ien without any Dif« 

Royal CArrivts* Vid, gutfe or Modefty. 
TsAOExs. RoTAL Im^postor. ^^. In* 

The Royal Con vEiiT,T. by kocence bitiat'», 
JV. 12ow/,4to. J707.— ThfsPlay, T^e Rotalist* C019. by 

tho* not ib often a^ed as fome 0- 7Z>0. Ihrfiy, 4to. 1683. •^Thi^ 

thers of tbi* Anthor*$ Hec.f , H Play met with good Succefs, but 

far from Ailing fliort of any on(^ Kke mof^of this Author's Pieces 

of them in Point of Merif .— Tlie is coHe^d from NotcIs j Qimih- 

Sceneofit is bidtn theltingdorp las Tricks of impofing on her 

of Kent, and tfee Fable fupposM to FfuAand Sir Olroer Okh€ut^ for 

he in the Time of Hengifi, S(r\i a- the Lore xrf Sir Charles Kinglvoe^ 

hout twenty years after the fiHI is borrowed from Bvfcace'i Decam, 

invafton of Britain by the^Kiafew. Dee. 7. Nov. 9, and the Song of 

The Characters of Rodo^unc an<| Hty Btys uffgo -av, in the fourth 

Etbehttda, ate very > finely cop- A€V, f^len from an Eclogue 

trafted, as are alfo tti'ofe of Hen- printed in 4(0. 1 644, cali'd the 

gift and Aribert j the Incidents are Sbefrherd*s Orach, 
intereiling; the Language occafio^ The Royal King and tub 

Jially fpinted and tender, yet e- Loyal Sub jijpT. Tragi-Com. 

venr wlxere poetical ; and the Car by 'The* Heywoodf 4to. 1037.--*— 

tafmypbe atte^i^g and truly dra- '^^ P^sy was a&ed with great 

matic. — Nor do I know ahyRea- Applapfr. — The Plot very much 

fon whyit fliould not be as great reiembles, and is probably bor- 

a Favqrite as either y^/ir 5/>ere or fasfrtd from, Fletcher's Loyal 

^t Fair PeniUfit, unlefs that its Sv Bj eg r.-^The Scene Lom^ir, 
being founded oA a religious Plan The Royal Mars i age. 

fenders it Icfe agreeable to the ge- Opcia of three A€ts, Anonym, 

hcral Taftcof an Audience, than 8to. 1736 —This Piece was ne- 

thofe Stories where Love is in ▼«• peiformed, but written in 

fome Meafure the Bails of the G)tnp|iment to tbe M^rdage be- 

Diilrefs, twetn his late Royal Highncf? 

The Royal CucKOtD, or Fant^/CT^V Prince of Wi/«, and Pnn- 

(Srea^ B^fiard, Tragi-Com. 4to. eefs Ajgufla, of .Saxegothai the 

1695. — 'r^^* " nothing more tj^^^ Princefc Dowager .. of 

than a Tranflation from the Ger- Wa'n. 

man, by Mr. Paul f^egeriut, and The Royal Martyr, of 

ti'as never afted. — It is taken JK^ryig Cborles the firft, Trag. by 

from a Book call'd the Secret y^i^.'jf./iyyjr, 4to. 1709— This Play 

Bt/lory c/" Lewis XIV. 9/ France, was never afted, but the Subjeft 

Royal Favorite. Ftd, befocak* icfcff. 
Ambitious St atssman. Royal Martye, Fid.Tr* 

The Royal Flight, or rannic Love, 
ihfConaueJf oflfchfii. A Farce, T*p fhjcription of a Royal 

4x0, J 6^0, — The Title Page or Ma««x}3T^> ^tefctyX^^tJiHaitn^ttti'* 

tifi Piece plstijify ihewt ^e 3\ib. 6o«rf , onv »tV IfeX^'^ ^ - *lw« > 


R O R O 

x$C4. ---This Piece was perfona- City of Londotiy Off* »9« i66o. 

ted by the Q^een, and eleven of and performed at the Cofts and 

her Ladies ot Honour, Anonym* Charges of the right Woribipful 

4to. 1604. the Company of iie/vibtfffrTtfyorf. 

The Roy a i Mast e a . Tragic — For the Purpofe of this, and o- 

Coro. l>y 7«* Shirley, 4to. 163s. therReprefentations of this Kind. 

—This Play was a^ted at the Fid, Londimum Taivm- 

Theatre in Dublin, and before the f h a n s . . 
Lord Lieutenant at the Caftle, Royal Sh«fhxkd. Vid, 

and by the feveral Copies of Aaistomsnks. 
cofnplimentary Verfes prefixed to Royal SHXrHKRDis.s. Vid^ 

it, being no le(s than ten in Lovi's Labysintn. 

Number, it is probable that it . Royal Shxphekdiss* fW. 

met with Applaufe.— The Scene Rewards op Via-rvx. 
Naples, The Royal Slavs. Tingt- 

The Royal MxftCNANTy or Com. by IVm, Cartwrigbt, 4to» 

the Beggar sBujff, Cooi. 4to.i7o6. 1630. — ^The firft Reprefentatioa 

by H, N. (I imagine this to be pf this Play, was i€ted by the 

Hiftry N§rris the Comedian.) Students oi thrift Church inOx" 

This Play is only an Alteration fird, before Ring Charles I. .an4 

Irom Beaumcnt and Fktcher^t his Queen, on the 3cth of Jbtg, 

^kooak's Bush, and in this 1636.— -AniT it is very remarka- 

altered Form, is now frequently ble that Dr. i?:^ (afterwards the 

performed.-^The Scene is laid in very celebrated Mailer of XF^- 

Handers, minfttr School) who a£^ed a pnn- 

The Royal Mischief. Tr. cipal Part in it, fignalised him- 
by Mrs. Dtla Riviert Mauley, 4to. felf fo greatly, as did alfo many 
i696.^Thi8 Play Was a^ed at of his Fellow Students, and the 
the Theatre in Lincoln* S'lnn- Play gave on the whole, fuch ge- 
Fields, with great Applmife. — — > aeral Satisfaction to their Ma- 
The Pl6C, as the AuthoV berfclf jefties and their whole Coart^ 
informs us in her Preface, is ta- and that not only for the Noble- 
ken from a Stoi^ in Sir J(,bm nefs of Stile in the Piece itielf> 
Cbfirdini Travels ; but ihe has and the ready Addrefs and grate- 
improved the Catailrcphe, bypu- ful Carriage of the Performeis, 
niihing the criminal Chara^ers but alfo for the Pomp of the 
fortheir illicit Amours, whereas Scenery, the Richnefs of the 
in the origirial Tale, they are fuf- Habits, and tne Excellency of the 
fcrcd to cfcape. The Allegories Songs, which were fet by that 
in it aie juft, the Metaphors beau- admirable Compofer, Mr. Hinrt_ 
tiful, znd tht^riftoteliauKMlttoi Lowes ,^ that it was univerfal^ 
the Drama, f^ri^ly adhered to.— acknowledged to exceed every 
The Scene, the CaAle of Phafia, Thing of that Nature that had 
in Lihardian. been (een before.-— The Queen in 

The Royal Oak, by John particular, was fo extremely de- 

Tatfbam, 4to. 166a. with other lighted with it, that her Curiofi- 

various and delightful Scenes, ty was excited to fee her own 

presented on the Water and the Servants, whoie Profeflion it was,' 

Land, celebrated in Honour of reprefent the fame Piece, in oyder 

the dcfervedly honoured Sir Rich, to be able, from Comparifon, to 

JiriU'Bj ^aH, Lord Mayor of the form a juil Idea of the real 


Merit of the Perfonnance (he had Place, he has given the Wolid a 
already been Witnefs to. — ^For compleat Tranflation of. 
which Purpofe fbe fent for the Ruins or Lovk. Ft J, Qv. 
Scenes ^nd Habits to Hampton CATHAtiNB. 
Cenrt, and commanded her own Rule a Win and ravi a 
regular Adors to prefent the Wipjc. Com. by Beauwiont and 
ianie, when» by general Confent Fletcher, 4to. 1640. — This is 
of every one prefent^ the Judg- a very pleafing Play, and is fre- 
ment was given in Favour ^ the quently a£ted at this Time. — — — 
literary Performers, tho' nothing The Plot of Leon*» feign'd Sim- 
was wanting on the Side of the plicity in order to gain Margarita 
Author, to inform the ACton as for a Wife, and his immediate 
well as the Scholars, in what be- % Return to the Exertion of a fpi^ 
Ibng*d to the A^on and Deli- rited Behaviour for the Controul 
very of each Part ; nor can it be of her, create an agreeable Sur- 
imagined that there was any De- prize, and |j-e truly dramatical* 
iSciency in Point of Execution in The Characters of Efiifa' 
the farmer, fioce fo much of ^ and the Ct»/>^r C^i^tfrir, are alfo 
their Reputation muft have been well drawn and Uvelily fupported. 
dependent on their Aewing aSu- In a Word, this Play, tho* not 
periority on that Occafion. — ^The perfectly regalar, may undoubted- 
Prologues and Epilogues written ly ftand in a Rank of Merit fupe- 
for both thefe Repreientations^ rior to much the greateft Part of 
are printed with the Play. thofe which are daily prefented 
Royal Villain. f7</. Per- on our Stage, and that with re- 
si AN Pr in cess. peated Tokens of Approbation* 

Royal Union. Vid, Lov£*s The Rump, or the Mtrrtur of 

Triumph. the late Times. Com. by Jom 

The Royal Voyage, or Tateham, ^to, 1661, — ^This Piece 

the Jrlfi Expedition, Tragi*Com. was written foon after the Rcfto- 

aCted in the Years 1689 and 1690^ ration, and the Author, being a 

4to. 1690.— The Scene of this ftrong Royalift, has endeavoured 

Piece is laid in various Places in to paint the Puritans in the 

Jrelandy nor can any one be at a ftrongeft and moft contemptible 

Lofs to know the Subje£l of it, Colouts. —This Play was revived 

who has the leaft Agijuaintance with Alterations by Mrs. Behn^ 

with the Affairs of thefe King' for which, Vid. Roundheads. 
doms during that Period.— It waa 

never ade^. 

RuDENS. Com. tranflated 
from Tlautus, by Lawr. Echard^ _ ^ 

1694.— This Play, together with . ^-T^ 

two others from the fame A,u- 

thor, are publiihed in a Pocket ^abimb War. f7^*RoMV* 

Volume, and . dedicated to Sir ^ lus and Hersxlia* 
Charkt Sedlef,'-^MT, Echard has The SACRxricK. Trag. by 

al(b added critical Remarks to Sir Francis Fane, ^o,i€%6, --^-'^ 

each Play, and a Parallel drawn 'This Play was never aSed^ the 

between the Writings of Plautui Author having long before deva* 

and 7<rMc«, the latter of which, tod hiniTelf to a Country Life, 

u I have ohCditytd ia another and Wanting Patkace to attend 



S A S A 

•h« Leifure of the Stage*— —It *iwiiie*ari's Oak, the Kermit*9 

met, however, witk tiie higbeft CWA 

Approbation frew his Cotctnpo- Saiior's Reheaisal. Vtd. 

rary Writers; three of whom, Briton's strike home. ' 
^ia». Mr. Ttffe, Mr. RoBhs, and Saint CieiLY, or tbt Coif 

Mrs. hehtf have paid it the Tri- if^ed Tniru, A Chriftian Trag, 

Ittie of complimentary Vcrfcs/ VfE,M 410. 16^6.— —»For the 

which are pvMiilied with it.—*— Story, confuh Bufihan, BaroniuSf 

The Plot is founded on the Story ^pipi^nim, and other Writers of 

of Atjaaaet and lamn-ldne, (and EcclcfiafttcaJ Hiftory,, and the 

^»o^4b)y might aiford the Hint vwioos C^tHeAKms of ^e Saints 

to Mr. UntHj of his admirabh; Lives, puhMcd by Authow of the 

Tragedy of .Ttf#»wrAw«r; for which * -fow^ Church. Scene i?o«e, 

fee the Life of 7iT)>»fr/^»f, by M. Saiwt James's Park, Com. 

D^Afigtr^l the faMe by P, Pe- Anonym. 8vo. 1733, — This ii 

r9n£m, fCnoHet^t Turif/B Hiftory a »oft pahry Rece, and was ne- 

bf the Life of Baya%et the flfft, ter laed. 
I»i4 federal oAer Writers —The S a 1 n f J a m e s's Park. Vid, 

Scene in a revoked Fort in Love in a Wood. 
Ckhia, Saint Patrick for Tre- 

The Sad One. Trag. by Si» kmd. An hiftorica) Phy, Anon. , 

;5^>^5«r*/f«^. —This Play was 1*40.— This Play, tho' old, i^ 

never a^ed, having been kft by n«t a -very bad one, bnt is found- 

the Artthor onfiniihed.— Itt fltort, ed on fbine of the Legends or 

h is rather a Sketch or Skeleton traditional Stories rehting to that 

of a Playj than an entire Piece j Saint in the Jrifb IJiftorians. 
for tho* it confifts of five Afls, Salamakca DtoCToa ovt- 

tnd feems to have fomewhat of a w 1 t t e d. Fid, S t o t. x n 

Cataftrophe, yet nont of thofe Heiress. 
A^ are of more than half the Salmacxda Spolxa. A 

tifual Length 5 nor is the Sobjcft Maiq^uc, Anonym. 4to. 1639.— 

of any one Settle ib mach -ciftev This Msji^oe, tho* printed with- 

ded on, as St is apparent it was the out any Author's Name to if. 

Author's Ihtention to have done, e^ghf to be arranged among the 

*— The Scene lies Jn Sicify, Works of Sir Jr^r Damenant^ 

• The Sa-d SniPiTERn, or a fincc whatever was either fpoken 

9i»/tf of Robin Hood. A Pdlorttl. ot fung in it was written by that 

by Ben Jcnfon, This Piece is Gentleman. — h was preCented by 

prin t e d amou^ this- WiileiV tlie King and Qjjeen's Majefties 

Works, but was never a£led, as it 9t Wbitid>aU onUue/day the 2 ift 

was left impeifeA by him at his of Januan 1^39* — The Scenes 

Death> only two A^s and part of and Machines, with their De- 

a third being finiihed. — The fcriptions and Ornaments,^ were 

SItene is in 3ben9oed, confifting of invented by Jttigo Jowty and thf 

a Landfcape, of a Poreft, Hillt, Hfuiick composM by Mr. Levm 

ITalkys, Cc^tages, a CafUe, a Richard, 

ftiVer, PaftiFtes, ^fcrds. Flocks : S a m p s oh. An Oratono^ 

«*«Ailft)ll of Country Simplicity. Anonym. 4to. 1743. {erforme4 

»— J?p*m ffto^TsBbwer, his Weff j it Covem Gard^ Tlieatre.— The 

t-Tthe Witclf 8 Dmtk, the Plot and $tDcy of it it be^okei^ 

* aa 

S A. S A 


in the very Title of jihe Pkcc* Strengtir to-ii^pport tlKfi^ it a^^ 
Sampsqn Agonistss. A peared. to Inveibeen caft^o |he 
dramatic Poem^ by Tb^xt MUtorty gjreateft Adyafftaj^e pofiibles ey<ry 
Svo, x68o. — This Piece, written Performer of IfpportjvnjD^, ,v/^<k 
by our moil fubUme and, divine tberA^QTr Sanger or Da^^sijva- 
' Bar4i> falls not by any Means yxag ibxnewhat alH^tte4 to t^i^m, 
ihoit o^ bfs other P^fonnances. towards the^ IJi^ftration of it« •— * 
-^It is written in Imitation of This Repreientatioax if I jnift^He 
the Greek Tr^c Poets> more ns^^ w;^ inten^d for tJa^ Vc«f 
particularly 50J&^7<f/iri. I74I-V 

The Author of tJkt Ramhkr |SAMC;iio at CquiiTy qr tk^ 
dlfiers greatly from Mr. j^. in his iRfoci^ Gwemor, A ^^Uad OMfas 
C^riticirms on this Performance of of th^ A^M» hy^^^fl^4i ^i^h 
JWi/roff.— If I remember, he fays, ' 8vq. J74i.*rrThis pi«4^ w,a»j^* 
it is an Imitation rather of £j2:i&yr ver performed at l^ni49fh QPT/^o^ 
lus than Soffbac/a* Vi^d. Rami^ler, , I $n4 it ment\oxiQd ^ny .vp^eff!; 
. The M^afure is nptregular,,b>e- but in the ^nfj/b TJbtaure $ Mott^ 
i^g comjpbsM of every Kind .iiidif- ; >v^iQh Circumfl^ce». afifl f^ ^4H 
criminatelybleiided together. T,he t^or*s being a Native i^ jrtkndp 
fpeajkiiig $c«nes are served ajnd I coiidHde it to ba^ j>(iea-^i^ 
tXflajj)^ ]^ Cf>orftfy. a^d.a^l th^ liihe<^ ?n4 nqt i^png^ly i>cy^ 
re^ujlar. Cp^ftr^irtt of JPiyiiSQii Jn-> f<wt»<J^ >n ^jfA^^-fTJ^e Title .ijt-^ 
to A&f and Sc^'^ if ^9^^y . felf "t^e^iy clearly Vf^i^ fi9t tJMI 
ay^iiifd, the Pqq^' ha>vin«,^^^ ^^^P^/^* P^* . • 

bepi jntcndftd % <fep Av^U^ «H^ - -fS^A? W) ; A WJR Pr Ap^> €^u 

to ^dqr it ^9dmi];9>le for the <dd Play !«^i^ Iggl IpefefiU^ WiMEft 
Cloj^t;*T*-:So flobJe^ (o jv&» fo QajMff JP^A^ W* >jteo!iii 

Wholfe Imagination ixMght be irv4^ M ^a^^f^n ^om ;0«^:9 iPpMU^ 

ipjed Jtft be equal ^to that iif any Bp, ^i^-i m .. |n t^y firft ^dii^of^ 

Njta^ h^at jiraj;i9fertefl n^aoy #nd anotl^cr ji^ 169.I1 ffh« iA^« 

'(hou^ts of thisPi^ iato h^s thof *a N^^ ofie is piQiitQd, a9il tb# 

Trai^y pf v<^Kr^qf-ai«!^»-^-^»-The Play vas by foope Means or.ethfjt 

Itoundation of the Story is ia attributed to Mr. Rich, Mdw0f^* 

Ho^ Writ, Vi4. Ju^ei, Ch. xiii. r— This Mifia^ie, ho>»^«r, i# 

^4 ^e Scene is laid at or near re^ified by the iEditioA pf i^^ 

tjbe Cate$ of Gaata.rr^l remem^ ia which this and fiv«nK)rePlay« 

ber to have feen in the Poiref«- by the fame Autjbor were all pub^ 

fion of a Oentleq^a iy PMh. liibed togetheir in ^ne Voluqie in 

(ope Mr. Dixom) aa Aljte»tioi> Twelves,— The Prolpgue^ in4 

qC this Pdem* i^xA by himfelf to Epilogues te them all are «iit(le» 

be h^ own, fp as to render it fit in profe. 

for the Stage; and the fame Satyromastyx, or /ibeC/k'* 

Gentleman alfo ihewed me a Bill trufrng the hamQurout Poft, A 

£pr the intended Pcrf/9fniance Comical Satyr, by fho, Gepkfr^ 

{which was, through (bae Dif- 4to. 1602.— ^^-^Tt is Piece ie no 

pute among the Proprietors of the more than a Retaliation imJSen 

Theatre^ entirely laid afide) ia %(mfony who, in hi$ PofN^fter, ha4 

vhich^ from the Number of teverely aad with a good PesU oi 

Chi»rj)%uj^ , ^d the a^arept; ^^4ti«j;9 kdi'd Q«X Author ua^ 

S A S C 

dter the Chttnt&ct of Cnjpinuiy tUymarket,^Mcrab*skoTn''^\'^l- 

whichhehas in this Play return- haviour in'Aft I. Scene II. is a 

ed by tntrodudns Bm under thq Hint borrowed fronl Cc-wLy^sDa' . 

Title ef Hcraet, jnn^ vUies^ "but has no Foundation in 

SAWKkTT THi Scot, t>t tbt the facted Hifiory. 
Taming vf the Shrew, Com. by Sxut, Trag. Anonym, 8vo. 

John Lstff 4to, x698.-H.Thi8 is 1739. — Of this I know no more 
cfnly an Alteration, without much , than meeting with the Name of 

Amendment, of Sbakefpeaire*^ Co- ' it Among the Publications of that 

medy of the laft-mentioned Ti- Year. 

tie.— It met, however, With very, "Saul. Trag. by Aarw Hilt, 

good Succefs. — Of this intended Tragedy the 

The Savaoje, or tl^Toree of Author finifhcd no more than one 
M/«nf,'8¥o. it36.-ii-Thif'PJecc, A^, which is to be found in the 
which was nerer afted, is infert- laft Volume of his Works pyb- 
tA by the Author of the Sriti/b lilhed in 4 Volumes, 8vo, 
IFbtrntre among the Writings of' Scandebbxg. Trag. by 
Mr. Jamet Miiltr, yet I can by Wm, Hanard, 8vo. 1731. — This 
a* Means help thinking it a Play i5 built on the fame Plan 
Miftake, as I have not the leaft With LiUo^iChri^ian Hero, being 
Remembnince of foch a l^iece buih on the Life of the famous 
being ever mentioned to me, tho*- George Caftrioe, King of Epirus, \ 
%om% ' intimate in the Family^ who^ on account of his illufh-i- 
as being his.— -By the Title it is our Anions, which in great 
, apparent]yYTranflation,t)rfome- Meafiiire jefembled thofe of .^jr* 
what -like it, • of the Arlefuin tf«^ the Great, had the Title of 
Stmvagt of Mr. De Vljk* ^n<i Scanderbeg: (or Lord Akxander) 
as Mr. MiUer the Year before univ<trfaliy allowed to him.— It 
Kad made Ufc of every valuable was a£ted at the Theatre in 6W- 
^ Incident of that neceih>a €0^. mdn*r Fiddr, but with no very 
tfiedy he had brought on thje g)<eait Succefs. 
Sta{^, but which failed of '5qc« Scakpesibo, or l^ani' 
cefs, calked j^ dml Nature, it is Liberty, by Tnbo, PThlncop, tvo, 
not very probable that he ihould 1749. — ^This Tragedy has the 
£0 immediately afterwards pro- famp Fotrndation for its Plot with 
ceed on the fame Plan again, or the lait-mentioned- one, but has 
put himfelf to the Trouble of a kept much clofer to the Hiilory. 
Tranfla^ion for the Prefs alone, ——It was never a^ed, but was 
©f a Piece which he had hut juft jJubliAed by Subfcription after 
before paraphrafed and extended the Author^s Death, for the Be- 
OpoB for the Stage.' — It is there- hefit Of the Widow.— Annexed 
fore much more probable that it to it is a Lift of the Englijb Dra- 
w»8 the Work of fonrje other matic Authors, with firne Ac- 
Perfon, who imagined that on the count of their Lives and Writ- 
Strength of Mr. Mifier^i Play it ihgs, which, tho' in general, ful- 
ibight not be difagreeable to the let than moft of the Lifh of that 
Public to fee M. De L*JJU*s Farce Kind, Ify coming down nearer to 
in its original Form. the prefcnt Time, yet is by no 

Savl, An Ofatcrio. Anon. Means cither compleat or cbrre£l. 

4to. //j^,— This Piece was Cct — \tv xYvt ^xt^^^t v^tx Fiuk is 
to Mtific by Harfdcl, and perform- foutvA >N\tVv \At. Honjortf \ Vsa?^ 
e4l dt theKing'9 Theatre ^n tV^ i*Km-«k^tiXiwa«&> wi^itfo»^T.- 

s c 

fure thrown on ^h,LiJhr ^ ^ 
Infinuatlon ^tven of his not hav- 
ing ai£ted with perfe^ Candour 
to the Author : but with what 
Juftice I Qxali 90t pretend to de-. 

Scaramouch a Fbilojopber^ 
Ha a l e q_u in a School-Boy, Brw 
4^, Merchant and Magician, 
Com. by Edw. Ravenfcroft, 419. 
1677. ^ - T he Author boails of 
having written this^iece after 
the ItaRan Manner, and by that 
Means . brought a new Species of 
Dramn on the Englifi> Stage, but 
complains in his Prologue of hav- 
ing been forcilalled by the Re- 
prefentation of Otiuay^s Cheats of 
Scapw, at the Duke's Houfe.— ^ 
Yet it IS certain that this Co- 
medy is made up of the com- 
pounded Plots of three Plays of 
MolierCf viz, the Marriage Force, 
the Burgeois Gentilhommey ahd the 
Fourheries de Scapin.—i-Nay, t>ang' 
baine goes fo far as to challenge 
, the Author to prove any Part ^f 
a Scene in it that can be called 
the genuine Offspring of his own 
Brain, filling him rather the 
Midwife than Parent of the 

The School Boy, or the 
Corneal Rin/a/, A Parce of two 
A£ls, by C. Cihher, i2mo. 1720. 
—This Farce is little more than 
' the Plot of Majjor Rtkiff and his 
Son, and the Widow Manlove in 
WomarCi Wit, or the Lady in 
Fajhiony a Comedy, written by 
the fame Author, taken Verba" 
tim, and thrown by itfelf into 
the Form of a Farce, under which 
Appearance it had better Succefs 
than the . entire Comedy, and is 
now/frequentlyj)erformed, where- 
as the other has been long^rown 
entirely afide. — The Chara^ersof 
Young Raktjb and the Major are 
themfelves in great Meafure to be 
cojj£aered as Copies, as any one 
may be coavincti who will care- 


fttUy- examine Carlijk^t F^rtmH 
HMnters, the Chara^fr of Arrtf- 
devilin Otwuy^s Soldiers Fortunf, 
and thofe of Sir Thomai Revel 
and his Son in Mountfird's Green* 
Hoich Park* 

The School Bov^s MAs<tvs. 
DeiigoM for the Diverfion of 
Youth and their Excitemeat to 
Learning. Anonym. 8yo. 1742. 

School BoY^sOrSBA. yid* 
Chuck. . 

A School roa Hvsbanos. 
Com. by J. <?»//.— This is only 
a TranHation of Moliert's Ecwio 
da Maris* 

School fok WoMX»r. Com. 
by Ditto.«-rThit is a Tranflatioa 
from the Ecole des Fernmn of the 
fame AutUor. As is alfo 

The School for Women 
CRITICIZED, of a little Piece 
calPd the Critique de I'Ecote des 
Fcmmes, written likewife by Afom 
here, and engliOied by the fame 
Gentleman.— ^Neither of thefe 
three laft Pieces were ever in- 
tended for the Engiijb Stage in 
their prefent Form, being on|y 
Tranflations.calculatedfocljie ac* 
quiring an Acquaintance with 
that celebcated French Poet ia the 

School or Comflimxnt9« 
Vid. Loyx Tricx«. 

School pLAVr An Inter- 
lude. Anonym. 8vo. 1664.*-^— 
, This little Piece, which confifts 
of only five Scenes, was prepared 
for and performed in, a private 
Grammar School in Middlefex in 
the Year 1663, and I fuppofe 
was written by the Mailer of the 
faid Scbooi,'—\n it is prefeated the 
Anomaly of the chiefeft Pait df 
Grammar, and it is.accommo* 
dated to that Book which the 
Author fays is of the moft Ufe 
and beft Authority^ in England, 
•v/x, the Cromtfuutca Rt|\a» 

^C1Y\0% Kxi Itolxau ^^'txa^ 


^PteceVaspcifofW^tttlife Kkjj't w |Wat Part of it written m tbe 

Ttfeatre in the fIaymark^,'^'Tht Stirtch Dialed, and the Audidr, 

Author confefles the fitft Him tvho was a ftrong Catalier, and 

of thii Drama, and fome Lines in had the hkhefl Deteftation for 

'it to he horrowed> hnt declares the ^ror;, has drawn the Charac- 

that what otherwife relates either ters of them and of the Puritam 

•tk> fh€ Plot itfelf> or the Diftion in this Piece in very contemp- 

fhnwgh the whole, is entirely tihlc as well as hateful Colours. 
fiew.-^Thfe Scene is Ifrtd i^ ^ew The Scottish Politic 

Cahthagei aiid the -Mufic com- PRESBTTiit stAiiv bit an 

'f^itd'hf-fbfidet, £ngi.ish Indeykndknt, os 

Scipxo African vs. Trag, 7I« Jttdependent's Viifory wer the 

\ff€ba,1kekiHii>kmii^tM»fjfj. Prefiyterian Party, &c. Tragi- 

— "^This Way was «^cd at the Com. Anonym. 4to. 1647.— 

Theatre io Liti:iiht^t'Inn» Fields This is one among the numerous 

with confiderable Socceis, and farcaftical Pieces which the Dif- 

defervedly.— For tho* the Aiithor turbances and Heartburnings bdth 

was not abore nineteen^ Years of in Chnrch and State of that un- 

Age when he wrote it, yet he has happy Period gave Birth to. 
been happy in his Di^Hon, pro- Scourge for Simony. 

pifer in his Exprefflons, and juft Fid, Return from Par- 

in Ms SentHnfcnts;— His Plot is nastsus,* 
founded -oil hiflorical Fa€h, arid The Scowrers. Com. by 

thofe fuch as are wdl Suited to ^0. Sbadwelly 410. 1692. — This 

form the Stibjeft of a dramatic Play contains a great deal of low 

'Pifete.^ > H i H is- AAion is uniform Humour, yet, altho* Langbaine 

and entire, his Bpifodes judicious, entirely acquits our Author of 

hit CharaAers well drawn, and Plagiary with Refpeft to it, tbe 

h*s Unities ^perfeiftlyprefervea.-- Character of ^ai'w/tf (eems to be 

So that, on the- whole, it may pretty clofely copied from //amor 

certainly bepMiWunecd ^ eked- m Sir George Etberege*s Man of 

. tent Tragedy, coirfbfmaMe to the Mode. 
Rules of the Drama and thePre- Scythian Shepherd. Vid, 

ctepft t^ fiMdem Crlticifhi. TambisrIain the Great. 

TheScamtrtTL LA-nt'; Com. The Sea Voyage* Com. 

hy StfOtment and fktiber, 4to. by Beaumont and F/etiher, Fol. 

-rtj^i— iTWs Play was eftcemed 1679.— ^The Defign of this Play 

xn Mcoedtng good one, and even .is borrowed from SbakeJ^eare*e 

wStMn ^^ei^lite Years has been ^Tempe/i, and the Scene lies, as it 

'fte^rttly |)erfbrmed'iw9th great does in that Play, firft at Sia, 

Applaufc.— ^et Mir. Dryden, in and afterwards on a Deferi Jfland* 

his BrHntatic Effky, p. 35, frnds —-It was revived with confid^r- 

'^tii with it for w»nt of Art in able Alterations for the worfe by 

the Concluflon, with Reference Mr. Vtttfey in 16J6. 

to Moreerafi the iMitcr, whofe Se c r et Love, or the Maiden 

'C o) > vef frj n , as heobferves, fccms ^een, Tragi-Com. by y. Dh* 

a little ft)rcM.«*-Tlre Stcne lies den, ^x<i, 1679.— -The Plot of ^c 

in Londoet, • ferious Patt of thl^ Play is found- 

The Scots Fre *R t Es, tjrr^/f ed on a NovelCaMM the Hiftpry 

Xftotof kkavei. Com. hy*ywfcn 0? CfeobttUne ^^ttv 6f Con'nib, 
T9fti>am, 4to. Il^5».-*^hi« Play Pan T* "BwiXK. !• ^^^^IJ^^SL 

S£ S£ 

Character that of the celebrated &m promifii^ a Second, whidbL 

Chriftina of Sweden has been con- however never made its Appear- 

^dently afiumed to be represent- aoce to the World. 

ed.-9-The Charaaers of Ceiadon, The Self Rival. Com. b/ 

Florimeif Olinda and Sabina are Mrs. Mary Davyt,'^Thi» IHeee 

bori-owed from the Hiftory of 'was Jieyer a^ed, but was intend- 

PiJ^ata and Corititha in the Grand ed for the Theat. Royal^in Drury 

Cyrus, Part 9. Book 3. And tluit Z^iif.— — It is printed with ano- 

of the Frencb.M2rt{mA from Ihra- ther Play and the reft oi this La* 

bim. Part 2. Book i.— .The dy's Works, which were pnbHili- 

Scene laid in Sicify, . ed> 2 vol. 8vo. 1725.— The Scene 

Skjanus. Trag. by Frams London. 

Gentleman, 8vo. 1751,— — -This The S£lp Toamemtok* 

Trag^y is an Alteration of Ben Com., by TV^tfieiT— This is tranf- 

Jpnfifns Play, of which anon.-p— iated by Ecbard, Patrick, Bet' 

It never made its Appearance pn nard, Sec, but by none of tbem 

either of the London Theatres, intended .for the Stage. ^Ybt 

but if I do not mifiake, J have Moliere feeros to have made fome 

heard it was a^ed at Bath with \Jic of the Charader of the Siif 

fome Degree of Applauie« TVrmM^or in the Formation of his 

SsjANus hisFall. Trag. .Mijantbrttpe, which Wwberky has 

by Ben Jon/on, 4to. 1605. — ^This alfo in fome Aieawre copied 

Play was uiher*d into the World again in the^Capt. Jl^m/y of hit 

\>y no lefs than nine Copies of Fiain Dealer, 

commendatory Verfes, and has Selindra. Tragi-Com* by 

indeed a great Share of Merit.*— Sir f^Tm, KiUigrew, Fol. x666.«^ 

The Plot is founded on Hiftory, Scene Byzantium, 

the Story being to be feen in Semsle. An O^pera, by 

7'acit, Annah and Suetonius* s Life ^. Congreve, — This fliort P»^e 

of Tiberius. The Author has was never prefcnted on the The- 

difplayed great Learning, and atre^ but {& printed with hiao- 

made an advantageous Vit of* his ther Works, 8vo. ryro. 

Acquaintance with the Ancients, O/'riv Sepulture akdRk- 

yet fearful, as it fliould feem by su erection. TwoComsdiet, 

the Preface, of being taxed by the by ^iihop Side, > Thefe two 

Critics with a Plagiarifm which Pieces ftand on the Lift this Right 

he thought himfelf by no Means Reverend Father has given us of 

entitled to be aiharoed of, he has his own Writings, and which is 

pointed all > his Quotations and all the Information we have co»> 

Authorities throughout. cerning them. ■ ■ Y et I cannot 

5e.limu8£mperoe op the here avoid dropping one Obfenr»- 

TuRKS. Trag. by Tbo, Gcffe, tion, which is, tfauit in the Ti- 

4to. 1638.—- 'The Plot 6f this ties of thefe and fome other of 

Play is taken from the Turkijb the very early Writings of tMi 

Hiftoriesof the Reign of the £m- Kind, we frequently find the 

pcror Selimus I. — All the Writers Name of Comedy given to Pieces, 

feem doubtful whether it was whole Subjeds are apparently df 

ever a£led or not, and indeed it ib very grave andierious a Nature, 

ieems in fome Meafure incom- as by no Means to admit df the 

plete, the Author himfelf calling lead Sopppfidon. df Hutoom «c 

it M fijH P^rt, and in his Coachi* PlcafamtY V^evu^ ^}^to^Tl \xv\» 

S 'E S H 

them $ I -cannot help therefore doabtlefs would make the Cwett*- 

conje^uring that the Word Co- eft Harmony. 

medy had not at that Time the SETEKi-EENHuifDR.ED ans 

limited Senfe it has at prefent^ Fifty Sxvzn. Fkl, Male 

Jmt mifft in -ail Prehabifity have Co<^vet. 

been the ufual Term to expreis Several Wits. Com. by 

vrhat we now mean by a Play in the Dutcheft of NexocaftU, Fol. 

general, and this feems the more x662« 

probable, iince to this Day itcon* Lodowick Sporza, Duke op 
veys the very fame Senfe in cer- Mi la in. l^rag. by Rob, Go- 
tain Inftances in another Lan- merfeJ, 8vo. 1^33. — The Story 
guage, where the vifiting the efthisPlay is tobe foundinGv/V- 
Theatre, be the Piece comic or eiardini PbiUp de ComiKei, and 
or tragic, is frequently exprefled MexetRoy in the Reign of Charln 
by the Phrafe JilUr a la Cmedie^ VIII. q^ France^ — The Scene 

Sektorivs. Trag. by John Milaitt^ 

Bancroft^ 4to. |679.<— The Plot The Sham Beggar. Com. 

of this Tragedy is founded on P/«- in two Afts, Anonym. 8vo. 

torches Life of Sertorius, Fiei/eius 1756.— This little Piece never 

Patercuhts, Florus, and other Hi- was a£led. 

ilorians.— The Scene lies in Lu' Sham Doctor. ViJ, Ana- 

JStania, and the Epilogue is writ- tomzst. 

ten by Rawisfavjft, ^-Thc elder Sham Captain. Fid, 

ComeiUe has written a Play on the .Boarding School. 

fame Subje£(, but Mr. Bancroft The Sham Lawyer, or ^i^ 

does not feem to have borrowed Lucky Extravagant, Com. by 

any Thing from him. Dr, Ja^Drakt, 410. 1697. — This 

The Seven Champions op Play is moftly borrowed from (wo 

Christend^ome. a Play., by Comedies of i?ff^7»moirf and F/ffri>- 

yobn Kirhy 4to. 1638.— —The er, viz. the Sfanifo Curate^ and 

Plot of this Piece is taken from Wit without Afowg?.— ^-The firft 

a. well known Book in Profe Title of this Play having a Re- 

which bears the fame Title, and ference to the Plot of the for- 

from HnhVs Hiftory of St. mer, and the fecond to that of 

Ge9rge,'--it is written in a mixed the latter of thefe Comedies.-*- 

Stile, for which the Author him- The Scene laid in London, 

felf apologizes in hisEpiftlededica* Sham Mar <)^u i s. Vid* 

tory, by obferving that the Nature Younger Brother. 

of the Work being Hiftory, it con- The Sham Prince,^ orNifvt 

fiHsof many Parts, not walking in from Paffau, Com. by CJ!>a, Shad- 

iint direA Path of Cproedy or well, i2mo. 1720.— -This Play 

Tragedy, but having a larger was written in five Days, an4 

Field to trace, which fhould yield a£led in DxrMVi— The Defign of 

anore Pleafure to the Reader ; it being to expofe a public Cheat, 

Novelty and Variety being the who had at that Time pafs^d 

only Obje£b thefe our Times are himfelf on the Irij/b Nation at a 

taken with.— -The Tragedy may Perfon of the firft Importance, 

he too dull and foUd; the Co- and by that Means impofed on 

medy too /harp and bitter ; but many to their great Lofs and In- 

M weU-mixed Portion of dtbes> yir).— *— TVi.^ Scenft ia laid in 

S H S H 

iuhlin, and the Time of A^ion againft him.->Part of the Epifode 
fivc Hours. of the four Siften feems borrow- 

Sham W« dd inc. Vid, Ap - ed from the French Marquis io the 
rARiTioN. Romance of Ibrahim, 

The Shajipxr. Com. by Shkphxr d^s Holiday. ^fV. 
Michael Ciancy. — ^This Play was Pans Anniversary. 
never a^ed, nor 1 believe intend- The Sheprerd*8 Lottery. 
ed for the Stage,- nor do I know A MuAcal Entertainment, by 
juftly the Date of its Publication. Mr. Meadex, 8vo. 1752,— This 
— ^The Plot of it is founded on little Piece is in the fame Stile 
fome of the Exploits of the infa- of Writing with the Cbaplet, an* 
moufly famous Colonel Chartres, other Piece of the fame Author, 
The Sharpers. A Ballad but I do not think it quite equal 
Opera, by Matthew Gardiner, to it.— There are, however, fe- 
8vo. 1740. — This Piece is by an veral pretty Son^s in it, and the 
Irifi Author, and therefore might Mufical CompoAtion is very plea^- 
po^bly be both publiflied and fing.— It met with good Succefs 
performed in Dublin, but I do >t firft, but haJs not been often re- 
not find it taken Notice of in any peated« fince the Seafon it made - 
of the EngUjb Lifts, nor indeed its Appearance in. ~ 
any where but by the Author of The Shepherd's Par adick. 
the Britijb Theatre, A Paftoral, by H^alter Montague^ 

Sheep Shear in o« Vid, Svo. 1620.— This Piece was a£i- 
SovTRWAEK Fair. ed privately before King C^tfr/rx I, 

The She Gallant;* Com. by the Queen and her Ladies of 
by Lord Lanfdowne, 4to« 1696. Honour, whofe Names are fet 
•-ThisComedy was written when down in the Dramatis perfina, 
the Author was extremely young, —It is, however, very defervedly 
yet contains an infinite deal of ridiculed by Sir John Suckling in 
Wit, fine Satire, imd great his Sejlons of the Poets, as being 
Knowledge of Mankind.— It was perfe£^ly unintelligible, 
aded with great Af^plaufe, not- She ventures and he 
withftanding that Envy of its wins. Com. 4to. 1696.— This 
Merit raifed a Party againft it. Play was written by a young La- 
who mifreprefented it, as defign- dy who figns herfeif Ariadne,'^ 
ing, in fome of the Chandlers, to The Scene lies in London, and the 
refiedl on particular Perfonf, and Plot is taken from a Novel writ* 
more efpecially on the Govern- ten by Mr. Oldis, called the Fair 
ment ; but when it comes to be Extravagant, or the Humourous 
Confidered that it was written a- Bride, Mr. Mottcux wrote the 
bove a Dozen Years before it was Epilogue. 

performed, and at a Time when She wou*d ip she cou*d. 
neither the fame Government Com. by Sir Geo, Etheridge, 4to. 
fubfifled, nor the Perfons fup- x668. — This Play has been for 
pos'd to be aimed at had been any fome Time laid afide, yet it is 
Way noted; and that moreover it undoubtedly a very good one, and ' 
was not composM with any De- at the Time it was written was 
fign to be made public, but only efteemed as one of the firft Rank. 
as a private Amufement, any im- —-Nay, Shadwell, in the Preface 
partial Judge muft {\iTe\y acquit to his Humourijls, ^t,^&v«^ \\ v^ 
hssLorJ/bJp of the Charge laid be the be& I>TniXiMAa& Vv»x ^^fw>- 


^uced from thcReiloration ofthe bridgff andis printed without any 

Stage to that Time. Author's Name. The ferious 

She wou*d and she wou'd Parts of it are moftly written in 

NOT, or the KtHdlmpofior, Com. Rhyme, with Chorufes between 

hy C, Cibbcry 4to. 1703.— This the A^s. — Perindiis^z tz\\xn% At- 

is a very bufy, fprightly and en- millus the Story of Glaucus Scy/fa 

tct^aining Comedy, but the Plot and Circe in the firft Aft, is^ taken 

of it is borrowed cither from L*««. from Ovid's Metam. Lib. w— 

vard'i CourUffeiny or elfe from And vi(yri&/i*'8 fighting with and 

the Novel of the ^Trapamer tra- kiling the Ork that was to have 

fanned'^ on whidh that Comedy devoured Otynday is an Imitation 

itielf was built.— The Scene lies of the Story of Perfeus saii Ah- 

at Madrid, dromeda in Ovid^i Metam, Boole 4. 

A Shoemaktsr^s a» G'EN- or the Deliverance of Angdica 

TLEMAH. Com. by f^tn. Row from tht Moni^tr by Ru^ero, in 

ley, 4to. 1638.— The Plot of thiiB the Orlando furiefo. Cant. io,'~^ 

i'lay is founded on a Novel in The Scene lies in if;V/^, the Time 

4to* called Crifpin and Crifpianusi two Hours, 
or the Hijiary of the Gentle Craft, The Sicilian, orLovemaket 

— -Itconfifls of a good'deal of tow a Painter, by y, 0)neff,'^Thti h 

Hunwur, and itr appears by Lang- a Tnmfladon Utr the Cl6(^ only 

faine to have been a great Favo- of Molicre^s SieiHen ou VAmouf 

rite among the ftroliing Cotnpa- PHnttre^ not mtended f^r the 

nies in the Cbuntry, and that Stage ; but Mf. Otftovr iii hzr 

fome of the mdil^ comical Sc^nqs Gnntry Wtf^ and ^t Rieb, SteeU 
in it ufed commonly ta be feltft*- . ia hit tender Hkfian^i have botii/ 

ed out, and- perfbrtned' by Way borrowed Incidefiri, and indeed* 

oi Droll 9t BarthoUmew and South" whole Scenes from tiki's Pliiy.— A* 

wark Fairs. confifts of twenty Scenes, not 

The Shoemaker's Holi- divided int« AAb f and the Scene 

DAY, or the Gentle Crafty wtb is in Sialy, 
the humourous Life of SimonEytCf The Sicilian Usvkfee. 

Shoentaker andLord Mayor of Loti'- Tratg, hy N.Tate, 410. 1691.— 

dofU Com. Anonyol. 410. 16 10. This is nothing more than an 

•^Thia Play has been attribated Alteration of S^kefpeare's Rich' « 

tp Dr. Barton Holiday ,'^lt is de- ard II.-— It was never a£led, hav- 

dtcated to. all Good Fellows, Pro- ing- been forbidden by Authority ; 

feffhrs ^ the Gent » Craft, of tvlat On whith Account the Author 

Degfotfoever, and in the Dedica- has added to it a prefatory Epiftle 

tioB, dhe Argument of the Piece in Vindication of himfelf, witli 

is laid down. — It is printed in the Refpe^ to the faid Prohibition. 

Biack Ii>elt!er» and not divided in- -—The Scene is laid \n England, 
t» A&»t aedis moftprobably the Sicily and Naples, or the 

Safis of the foregoing Play. Fatal Union, Trag. by S, Hk 

SHasMAKEs return'd TO 4to. 1640.— This- Play IS fccom- 

■ It T«A«DB, yiidi Hi-wsow mended by feven Copies of Verfes 

REj>»c*i>* prefixed to it. — —The Scene 

Sicilidzs. a Pi^Datoty Naples, 
P'tma or Paftoral, by Phin«m Sick Lady's Cure. Fidi 

WM aAed iiiJKMft*»GoUese^ Cam- 'tVi^^iiJ^x^Tlta.^-^Tjwi.VPi 'Set 


.SI s r ' 

Wm. Davtnantt FoJ, i6j^^' ■ ■ ■ one of our Knglifi Monarc&a 

Scene P//^. (and him indeed on* clafs'd ar 

The SiEcz« 9sX.we^t Cowtn, mongft the Heroes of the Britif> 

'tni^-Zom, \>yiyw,Cart%urightt Annals) in the Light in whic^i 

4to. 1 641. — This Pky Ts dedi- ui more than this one Inftance 

cated in Vei^ to KingCbar/ei I. he appeared to be, viz, aTyrant> 

—The -Scene lies at ByzatrtutH^ and an Exerter of brutal Powe^, 

and the Stoiy of Mifandar and without any Confideratiofi of the 

Leucatia is founded on that of Feelings of Humanity; he choff, 

Paufanias Ami Cleonice in Flutanh^s rather than pay fo )]} a Compli- 

Life of Cymoft, as is the Injunc- ment to an Englijb Audieacf, tjo 

tion which the rich Widow Pyle preferve the Circumftanc<?8 only, 

lays upon her Lovers in the De- changing the Scenes of A^ioQ (p 

cameroft of Bcccace, Dec.9« Nov.i. one that had fome little Kind of 

SiEGK or An TWER?. F/</, Analogy with it, — The Unities 

Alarm rOR London. are well preferved, and fome of 

The SiEGX or Aqivileia. the fentimental Parts of the Lan- 

Trag. by y» Hume, 8vo. 175'9. g"^8^ ^^^ ^^^' ^B^t on the 

—This Piece was performed with whole, the Incidents are too few, 

Succefs at the Th. Roy. ini)ny>3^ the Diflrefs too much the fame 

Lofie,-. it is the third and lai^ from Beginning to £nd> and the 

dramatic Piece produced by this Cataftrophe too early pointed out 

Caledonian Bard.— — It is greatly to the Audience. — Befideswhich^ 

preferable to the j^gis , but it may be added, that the Cha- 

much . inferior to the Douglas of racier of ^mili^s bears too flrong 

the fame Author.— From the Ti- a Refemblance to that of the Old 

tie one would reafonably expe£b Horatius in Whittbead'i Rtm^n , 

to find in it the feveral Circum- Father, tho* it would be paying . 

ftances of the Siege whofe Title the lafl-namM Chara£^er too ill a 

it beais> when the City of y'lfui- Compliment to fet this in Point 

leia was held out by the Legions of Execution in any Degree 9f 

of Gordianus againft the Gigantic Competition with it. 
Tyrznt Maximin'. and fuch from The Siege ot Babylok. 

the firft fetting out of it, we arc Tragi- Com. by Sam, Pordage^ 

permitted to expeflj but every In- 4to. 1678.— This Play is found- 
cident in this Play deviates from . ed on the Romance of Cajfandm, 

the hiftorical Fafts which we — The Siege lies in Babylon^ and . 

have on Record in Regard to that the Fields adjacent. 
Siege, yet as they all agree with The Siege or Constanti- 

thof(p of one much nearer to our nople. Trag. . 4to. iftJSf'tZ 

own Tinnes, and nearer connc^l- This Play, tho^ publifhed Anp- 

ed with the Hiilory of' the Au<- ^ymous, is faid by Downes, ia 

thor'« oviwi Country, t//«, the the iio/ci/i .^^ng-Z/Va/ii/s, to be writ - 

Siege of Berwick, defended by ten by Nevi/ Pa/w,— The Plpt 

Setotf a^inft the Arms of our may be found by perufmg Hey- 

Edu'oni III. it is not fureiy an /m*i Cefmograf'iy, Kf^Ufis 7V- 

impisobable Conjc^ure to fuppofe kifo Htflory, &c.— The Scene , . 

that Dr. Hum* received his firft Coi^ntiMple* 
Hint from that Story J but as by The Siege or Damasci^. 

purfuioir the Sfqry under the real Traj^.h^ Join Ku^l^i,%\o. \'vv\» 

Churd&ers iie inu/l have painted — TK\s V\aM yi^i&j ^^sx^ ^^ ccj,w- 


tlnoes to be a£led with general tion> as he bimfelf ezpreflTes it in 
Approbation, the Characters are the Title Page, was to expofe the 
ftrongly drawn, the Language po- Villany of the Pricfts, and the 

etical, and the Incidents tenderly Intrigues of the French, ^Thc 

-tflfe^ting.— — If it can be faid to Scene lies in Motu, and the French 
have a Fault, it is that the An- Camp before it. 
thor has brought his Hero into The SxictorRHODis. A 
an Embarras that nothing but Play in two Parts, by Sir WJDa- 
'Death can poflibly extricate him vemuit, 4to. 1663.— Both thefe 
from.— Yet on the whole it may Plays met with great Approba- 
certainly be ranked in the very tion. — ^They were written during 
firft Degree of Merit of our mo- the Time of the Civil Wars, 
dfcrn Tragedies.— -The Author when the Stage lay under a Pro- 
died during the Run of this Play, hibition, and indeed all the Bd/et 
The Siigi^opDiiky. Tr.- Lettra were at a Stand, and con- 
Com. Anonym. 1692.— This it fequently made not their Appear* 
an exceffive bad Play, and was ance till after the Reftoration, at 
Aever a£ted $ but as it was writ- which Time Sir H^iUiam himfelf 
teh very near the Period the obtained the Management of the. 
Trinfa^on of which it defcribes. Theatre. — ^The Plot, as far a& it 
no bad Idea may be formed from has a Connection with Hiftory^ 
it of the Diftrefles which the is to be found' in the feveral Hi- 
Garrifon and Inhabitants of that ftorians who have given an -Ac- 
City underwent during that fa- count of this remarkable Siege in 
mons S>e|e» — Sre further under the Reign of Sofyman the Second, 
Piety a^p Valour. who took this City in the Year 

The Stfcps o» Memphis, 1522. — ^The Scene Rbodesy and 
«r the Ambitieui ^een* Trag. by the Camp near it. 
Tbf, Durfe^y ij:tO. itf^iff-r^This The Siegi o>f Taov, A 
' P)^y is wntten in heroic Vtlf£e, Play, Anonym. 4to. 1704.— I 
and as Mr: Vurfiy^i Genius ap- - believe this Piece was never ^ded» 
J>ai«ntly lay much more to (^6- —The Subject of it is sq>pareBt 
; ^jnic Humour than Tragic Power, from the Title. 
if is not much to be Wpi^er'd The Siege op Ukbik. Tn- 
that he fhould, in his At^uApts Com. by Sir H^m, Killigrtw,^^ 
of the latter Kind, ru»4wo Scene Pifa, 
fomewhatofFuflianandBo«jrt>aft. Silent Womak. Fid, "B- 
— -H Dwcver, the Judgment* of an p 1 c is n e. 
Audience, which on the whole is The Silver Age. AHiftory, 
ecrer^lly right, pointed oui to >l||^ Tbo, Htywood, 4to. 1613.— 
him his MUlake in the indififer- «»This is the Second of a Series 
cnt Succcis this Piece met witi^ <of Hiftorical Dramas which this 
•—The Tut is in fome Meafure -^uthor has purfbed, and which 
borrowed from ,I^j|^ry; and the contain on the whole the greateft 
Sceile ]S Memphis tt{i4i%ed. Part of the Heathen Mythology. 

The Siege avd Surren- —This Part contains the Loves 
»ER OP Mons. Tragi-Com. of Jupiter unA Akmena, the Birth 
Ai onym. 4to. 1691.— The Plot of Hereulet, and the Rape of Pro^ 
4>i it is founded on the Siege of ferpine, concluding with the Ar- 
*#^iw by tht French, in the Yeai rai^nment of the Moon. — 14 the 
ISam, ^-^Aod the Author* s lal«a- V^u^aoiv^^ ^i ^.^Naxi^i ^!bM.Kmd 


St was Impoflible to avoid making Date feems to warranty and is very 

Vk of the Fafts which Hiftory difagt^eable in the Reading, 

pointed out to the Author, and Sir Courtly Nxcz, or If 

thofe Affiftances which the Anci- cannot be. Com. by y, Crowne, 

ent Writers feem'd to hold forth 4to. 1685.— This Play was writ- 

to his Acceptance ; nor can he by ten at the Command of King 

any Means be chargeable with Charles II. — The Plot and Part of 

Plagiary for fo doing.— In the the Play is taken from a Spani/b 

Intrigue of Jupiter and Alcmena Comedy, called. No pued'cjjkr^ or 

therefore he has borrowed fome it cannot be, and from a Comedy 

Pailages from the Amphitruo of called Tarugos /i^/«.— The Song 

F/autus J the Rape of Proferpine of Stop-Thief U a Tranflation, or 

is greatly enriched by taking in rather Paraph rdfe of MafcariUe't 

t&e Account which Ovid has giv- Au Voleur in Mdiere'i Frccieujei 

en of that Tranfaftion in his Me- riMcules, — The Character of Crack 

tamrpbofes'y and other Parts of is admirably kept up, but the 

the Piece are much advantaged chief Merit of the Play is in the 

Pj Quotations from the Legends very fine Contrail fupported be- 

of the Poets. tween the two Characters of Hot- 

<y Simon the Leper. One had and Tefiimony, Charaders 

Comedy, by Bi{hop5tf/<». — ^Named which even now give Pleafure^ . 

only in his Catalogue of his own but at thofe Times, when Fana-^ 

Works. ticifm was arifen to a very abfurd 

SiMPLE^TON, SiMKiN. Height, muft certainly have done 

HoBBiNOL, Swabber* Vid» great Credit to the Au hor^sPow* 

WiTS. er of Execution. 

Sir Anthony Love, or the Sir Fopling Flutter, 
Rambling Lady. Com. by Tifco. Vid. Man or Mode. 
South erne, 410. 1691. — This Play Sir Giddy Whim, or the 
met w^ith very great Applaufe. — Lucky Amour, Com. Anonym. 
The Scehe Montpelier, 4to. 1703. — This Piece was ne- 

SiR Barnaby Whig, or No vcr a^ed, nor has it ever fallen 
Wit like a Woman's, Com. by into my Hands. 
Tho, Durjeyy 4to. 16X1. — The Sir Gyles Goose - Cap. 
principal Plot of this Play is Com. Anonym. 4to. 1606.— 
founded on a Novel of Monf. St, This Play was firft prefented by 
Evremond, called the Double Cuck- the Children of the Chapel, and 
. vld \ and Part of the Humour of afterwards a^ed with great Ap- 
Capt. Porpufs is borrowed from plaufe at the private Houfe in 6'4»- 
Marmion*9 Comedy of the Fine iijhury Court. 
Companion, "^tnt London, Sir Harry Wild air, of 

SxE ClYomon, Knight of the the Trip to the Jubilee, hy George 
Golden Shield, Son to U>e King of Farquhar, 4to. 1701,— This 
Denmark ; and Clamydes the Comedy is a Sequel to the Cbn** 
White Knight, Son to the King of fiant Couple, the fame ChataClers 
Swavia (both valiant KmghtsJ and the fame Story being qoD' 
their ,HiJhry. Anonym. 4to. it. — Yet, altho* the 
1599.— This is a very indifi^rent Succefs and real Merit of the firft 
Play, written in Vede and in Part fo much infured Soccefs 
Language more obiblcte tbaa the to tlus » to ^tfotd vt ^Bo^w ^ 

s r s I 

nine Nights to crouded Audienr ny admirable Strokes both of 

ces, yet it was by no Means e- Sentiment and Satire, yet there 

qjual in Merit to that firft Part, is a Simpiidtyr and FitAe£s. for 

nor is it now ever pfrfornwd, the Drama, in the Story of the 

altho* the Constant. Couple firft Part, that it is Tcarcely poTr 

fllil remains one of the mod fa*> Able to come up to, in the Gir- 

vour'd Pieces on the Lift of cumi^ances which arife from the 

adting Plays. — From a peculiar Incidcpts of the latter. 
Happinefs in hitting the Charac- 7>>< Hificry of Sift JoifK Olo^ 

ter of JubiUe Dicky in this Play ; c a s t l k , /ie g09d' LordCobkam^ 

however, the celebrated Mr. Trag. by Win, Shakefpear^ 4tcu 

Jienry Norris, the Comedian, 1600.-— This is one of the feven 

gain d fo much Reputatidn, as Plays difcarded from Shakefp€are*% 

occafioned his own Chriiliao Works, by foroe of the £ditor8t 

Name to be funk in that of his yet it was undoubtedly publidied 

Ohara£ber, and his being ever af- in his Life-Time, and therefore 

ter dillinguiihed by the Name of I coofefs Lknow not well how 

Dicky Nortis j under which Name, to reconcile the Poffibility of 

at the Head of a Play-Bill, a Bey propagating an Error of this 

nefit for that Gentleman was ad- Kind, which it would have been 

vercifed. fo eafy, and at the fame Time io 

Sir Hercules Buffoon, much the Intereft of that Author 

ot the poetical Sf aire. Com. by f, to contradtA 5 and indeed, tho* 

Lacy, 4to. 1684. -^This Play the Pl^y on the whole is gieatly 

was not publiHied, nor broaght on inferior to moft of his Werkf, 

the Stage, till about three years yet there ar& certain Strokes in it, 

after the Author's Dcceafe, ■■■ and fomewhat of a Manner thtft 

The Prologue was written by bears fo ftrong a Refemblance to 

Mr. Durfry, and contains a great fome of his acknowled^ Hifto* 

Compliment to the Author, in rical Dramas, that I camsot help 

his Capacity of an Aftor. Jof, thinking if the whole was not 

Haynes, the Comedian, wrote the his, that it waa at lead revifed 

Epikgue^ and'fpoke both that and and. touched up by his Hand. 
the Prologue. Sir Mannerly Shallow^. 

Sir John Cockle at l^td. Country Wits. 
Court. Farce, by .Ro^. Dodftey, SiJt Martin Mar-all, of 

8vo. 1737. —This little Piece is the feign' d Inmcence, Com. by 

a Sequel to the King and Z>/;;y</«n, 4to. 167S.— -— ThePloe 

the Miller OF Mansfield, and great Part of the Lgnguage of 

in which the Miller newly made Sir Martin and his yL^ok IVarmKt 

z Knight, comes up to London, are- borrowed itom ^in9uk' » A- 

with his Family, to pay his mavtindifcretf Sitid the M*(^trdi of 

Compliments to the King.— It is MoUere, "^Jf^arner's playing xn 

not, however,, equal in Merit to the Lute inftesd of his MaAfef* 

the. firft Part, for tho* the King's and beings furpriz*d byv his Foli^rt 

difguilins; Klmfelf in order to is taken from M. d» ParcU 

piH Sir jFoiui'^ Integrity to tbe Fra»rro«» Book 7. and Q^/.J^dbc^ 

tefi^ and the latter refifHng evety and Sir ^oAir, being, hoiked up in 

Tempeation^ not only of Biibety their AltLtydesipwe^ritsOrigiUi to 

hjjt ot Flattery alfo, is ingenious, a \\V.e \tic\^t.t>x^ \ti Maarxnt<m'i 
9nd giva an Opportunity fot ma- ilnti^iiarj \ iwa \\ \\ *m\t^ii^ 


thtt a Conrcioufnefs of all theie lies in London^ 

feveral Plagiaries, might be the Sili Thomas OverbuRV.^ 

Reafon that Mr. Dryden did not Trag, by Rf£b» Savage, 8vo. 1725.' 

affixhis Name to it.— The Scene ^This Play was aftcd at the 

Covtnt Gardin, Theat. Royal in Drury Lane, anj 

Sir Martin Mar - all* the Authbr performed the princi- 

C3om. by y, 0*;<r//.^— This is only pal Part inithimfelf, biit without 

a literal Tranflation of Molier^i SUccefs, both his Voice and Afpcft 

Etwrdij to which I fuppofe Mr. being very much againft him, 

Ozdl gave the above Title, from neither of them being at all a- 

the Hint oiDryderf^ Comedyl grceable. 

Sir Noisr Parrot, Vid, Sir Tfmothy Treat-all. 

Wary Widow, ^/V/. City Heiress. ' 

Sir Patirwt Fancy. C, Sir Walter Raleigh. 

by Mrs. BthrtyA^Xxi. 1678: —The Trag. by Geo. Sewelt, 8vo. 1719. 

Hint of Sir Patient Fancy, is bor- —This Play, the Title of which 

rowed fttmi Moliere^ iMaladeima* points out its Plot, was a£led at 

ginaire, and thofe of Sir <^redu- Lincoln' S'lm^FiekUThcitxt, witJr* 

^ar Eafy and hi» Groom Cuny, very great Succefs* 

ftomthe Mk Pourceaugnac of the The Sistsrs. Com. by 5%r. 

feme Author.— .Thofe lait Ch»-- Sbirhf^ 8fO. 165a. — ^-i Scene 

t»Sttt% hai^e alfo been made Ufe- Parma. 

•f by Bi^cme iti jiis X^dmaf/«A!r. -«»^ Six Day? AinrsNTURX, or' 

Mn nailer alib, ins fall Comedy^ the New Utopia, Com. by Edw. 

oi the' ]lioTiiRii'>9Nwx,Aw, Of( Ihward; 4tb. ^671. — ^This Play 

<^ DoHbr thtDifuiJk, has* madd mifcaitied in^he Reprelt^htatioh|:* 

Uf* <^ Both tfaeic* Plots,' andt Rud the witty Lord Hoo&^irwrote^ ' 

bknded them together much a^ a iharp InveAive againft* if,-- 

ttr the fame Manner, that Mrs. notwi^ffending which', when it 

Behn has done in thisi— -The appeared in Print, it was uilier*<f^ 

Scene lies in two different Houfes into the World ^th four recom* - 

in Lcndon, mehdatory Copies of Veifes, by 

Si» Politic RiBB>ANi>r Mrs. Behn, Ravenfiroft, and 6^ 

Vid, State^Juoolrr. thers.—^he Scene l7/«f/tf. 

Sir Rogx« »k Coverlky, TheSxiGHTEo Maid. Coot. 
or tb& merry Chrijhtas, Com. by by Sir Roh, Stafyhon, 4ta. 1663,^ 
Mr, Dwrman^ 8vo. »73^. — Thi» — ^Thc Scene of this Play is laid" 
Piece wa» a^fted at the Theatre in Naflis, — And the Epitapb ' 
R^i^ in Dr, Lane^ but without Made by Deeio^, xx^oit Rtrio antl' 
Succefs. Pyramona, is borrowed from* 
Sir Salomon, ottbe Cautimtt MdrtiaTs celebrated Epigram of 
Coxcomb. Com. 4to. 1 671. —This ArriazndPeetm, Lib. i. Ep. 14. 
Play is very little more than a The Slif. l?arce. Anonym. 
Traijftation from iht Bcole de* izmo, 1715.^— This Piece war 
Femntes (f Moliere, and is attribu* ad^ed with Applaufe ; it is, how- 
ted to John Caroll^ who in the ever, ftolen from an old Play, but; 
. Prologue to it, owns it to be a the Name of it does not at pre- 
TraaHation. It met with fome fent occur to me. 
Enemies^ at ftrft, but notwith- The ^mugglei^s. A Farce^ 
ftandii^, made its Part good in by Tfco. Orfeff, %no^ 'V"ji.t^» ,^!^^i 
tbe Repteihntittions, ThcSceiw with (owte Sutt«fe> «. ^^\Ito^^ 

so so 

Theat. in the Haymarket, >n the Title Page j but, licentious 

The Snake INT HK GitA8$. ^ that Nobleman was in his 

A Dramatic Entertainment of a Morals, he was aAiamed of bdng 

new Species, being neither Tra- fuppofcd the Author of fo very 

~ f?^y> Comedy, Pantomime, obfcene and (hocking a Piece of 

Farce, Ballad or Opera, by Aaron Work as this \ and therefore he 

HiU, 8vo, 1760. This Piece wrote a Copy of Vcrfes to dif* 

was never a£led, but is printed claim it.— Nor has it indeed any 

with the Author's other Works* of his Lordihip^s Wit to make 

*-rThe Intention of it is, in a Atonement for its moft abomi- 

fatyrical and emblematical Man- nable Obfcenity. 
aer, to point out the falfe Tafte Soloxer for the Ladies, 

prevailing in the prfefent Age, Vid. 6eau*s Duel. 
hinting, that Opera has afTumed Soldisr*s Fortune. Com* 

the Seat of Tragedy, and Panto- by tbo, (hway, 4to. 1 681 .—The 

mime that of Comedy, in the » Plot of this Play is by no Means 

Regions of Britijb Genius j and new, the feveral Incidents in it 

t^t genuine Wit, tiumour and being almoft all of them borM>w- 

Poetry, have nt^ Chance for be* ed. — For InAance, Lady Duncit 

ing attended to by Audiences, making her Hu/baad an Agent 

whO;; to make V{t of Hamlet* b for the Conveyance of the Ring 

Phrafe, are ** capable of mtbing. and Letter to her Gallant Capt« 

** hut ineMpUcatk dumb Show and Beaugard, is evidently taken from 

*[ Noi/er Midiere^ Bade des Maris, and had 

TheSociABLE CoMP ANioMSy befides been made IJtt of in feme 

or the Female IFitu Com. by the J£i^lijb Plsys befoi:^ particularly 

« Dutchefs of Ntwcaftk, Fol. in the Fawne, and in Fhra't Fa* 

1662. ^ garies,'^-The' original Story from 

Socrates. A Dramatic which Molieri himfelf probably 

Poem, by Amyas Bufi, £fq; A.M. borrowed the Hint, may be feen 

Ajid F. R, S. 8vo. 1758. in Boceace, Dec. 3. Nov. 3.— Sir 

Socrates. A^///. Life and Davy's bolting out of his Clo- 

Death of Socrates. (et, and furpri£ng his Lady and 

)r . Socrates Triumphans,^ Beaugard kii&ng, and her Beha- 

or the Danger of being wife in a viour on that Occafion, is bor- 

Cmmonwealtb of Fools, ' Trag. rowed from the Story of Milla* 

Anonym. 8vo. X7i6.<— -This mant^ or the Ran^ant Latfy, in 

Piece was never ad^ed, but was Scarroh*s Comical Romr.nce, -^Tht 

written by an Officer oif the Ar- Chara£ier oi Bloody Boaes is much 

my, and printed at the End of a like that of Bravo in the ^/z- 

Colle^ipn of Military and other fuary, zndCourtiM* iCondM&. un- 

Poems upon feveral Occaiions, der Silvia's Balcony has a great 

and to. feveral Perfons. > The Refemblance to Monfieur Tho^ 

Scene jitbem, m^i/s Carriage to his Miftreis in 

.Sodom. A Play, by Mr. F/rfr^r's Comedy of that Name. 

Fifibournc^^At what Time this' There is a Seqnel to this PJay 

infamous Piece wa^ publiihed I which is called the Atheist, 

know not ; but the Bookfellcr, or the fecond Part of the Soldier*s 

with a View of making it fell, Fortune^ 4to» 1684. — ^Thc Plot 

by puffing it on the Public ai Lord o£ v»\\\tYv, ^o Ux ^x^^t^ta to the 

MKb-/l^% put tfiq Letters £. R. AJtaov^w oi BeowjiiTA wA ^wtV«^ 



so so 

J 3 founded on Starron\ Kovel of from the Female and the moxe 

the Invifible Miflrejs, — Both thefc tender Part of the Audience.—— 

Plays have Wit and a great deal The Lovcb of ^opbonijha and Ma-. 

of bufy and intricate Intrigue, /»f^aredelicately andaSe^ngly 

but' are fo very loofe in Refpeft managed j but the Author has 

to Sentiment and Moial, that jgreatly deviated from the Idea 

they are now entirely laid afide. Hiftoty gives us of the Qharaftcr* 

The Soldier's LA »T Stake, of Sctpio and Hannibaly in the 

Com. by Giles yjco^.— -This Manner he has here reprefcntcd 

Piece I believe never made its them, yet perhaps he might in 

Appearance to the World, yet I fomc Meafure be drawn into this 

could not avoid taking Notice of Error by following too cloiely the 

it, as the Author liimfclf in his Example fet him by Lord Orrery 

Foetieal Repifier, 8vo, 1719. p. in his Romance of Partbenlffa, 

318. mentions his having fuch a wherein he has nude Hannibal aa 

Play by him ready for the Stage, much of a whining Lover towards 

Sol I HON AND Pkrseda, his Jzadora as Lee has done with 

TbeTragedie of^ (Anonym. 4to. -Regard to RofaKnda, — The Hi* 

1599.) tvberein is laide open hwi s ftories of Scipio and Hanntbal are 

and Langhaine fuppofes it was ne- nearly related by Petrarcba in hia 

ver a^ed. Trionfo WAoiore^ C. a,— The 

Solon, or PhVoJophy no De- Scene of the Play Z^iwtf. 
fence againft Love, Tragi - Com . Sophonisba. Trag. by 'Ja, 

by Martin Bladen. 4to. I705. — Thompfon, 8vo. 1732 — This ftay 

This Piece was never adled, ^nd was afted at Drury Lane Theatre 

even printed unknown to the with very great Applaufe, and is 

VVuthor. ^The Scene lies In founded on the fame Story with 

yitbens, and in the third Aft is the foregoing Play.— Yet it wa^ 

a Mafque of Orpheus and Euri- not without its Enemies, a 'Very 

dice, fevere Criticifin being publiflied 

The SdPRisTER. Com. againft it 5 and, to fay Truth, 

Anonym. 4to. 1638. — This Play thoV the Author has in good 

was a€led at one of the Univer- Meafure avoided the Rants and 

fities ; aftd has a Prologue fpoken wild Extravagances which break 

by Mercury, as the God of Elo- forth continually in Leit Tra- 
quence, and addrefs*d to the Aca- - gedy, yet at the fame Time he 

demical Auditory. falls greatly Aort of him in po-. 

Sop HOM PANE AS, ct the Bif" etlcal Beauties and Luxuriance of 

tory of Jofeph, Trag. by Francis Imagination.— And on the whole 

CoUfmith, 4to. 1640.— This is it will not perhaps be doing Mr. 

only a Tranflation from Hugo Tbompfon any Injustice to fay that 

Crotius, with critical Remarks had be never publiflied his Seafons 

and Annotations. and fome other Poems, but cootf 

Sophonisba, or HanrnhaTs fined his Pen to dramatic Writ- 

Overtbrew, Trag. by Natb, Lee, ing only^ he would never have 
4to. 1676.—^ — This Tragedy is ftood in that Rank of ^^oe^c^l 
writtea Jh Rhyme, yet it met Fame vfVuc\kVvtiivi«\tfX^\\sL<lGk^ 
wJtb great AppUufe, eipecially AainVft q( Fontajjfuu 

5 P SP 

SoPHONisBA. ViJ, Won- The Spanish Bawd, r^re- 

DEB OF Women. Jented inCeXt&mz, ot tbeTragicke 

^The SofHY. Trag. by Sir Comedy o^ Califto ^i?</ Melibea ; 

yohn Denbam, 4to. 1642.— This lo^erein is contained, b^es tke 

Tragedy is built pn the fame PleafantneJ/e and Sweeteneffe of the 

Story in Herbett\ Travek, on Stile^ many fbi/ofopbicaiSentences, 

^hich Baron has conftrufted his and profitabU Jnjirufiions necejfary 
Tragedy of Mima, — It is how-^ for the younger Sort :. Shewing the 

ever very differently handled by Deceits and Subtilties tbi 

the two Authors.— And Baron Bojoms of falfe Servants and Cutny" 

objefts to this Play that Denham matching Bawds, Fol. 1631.— — 

has deviated from the Trutfi of This Play is the longeft that was 

Hiftory in mdkih^ Abbas die in ever publifbed, coniifting of twen- 

this Tragedy, whereas he really ty one A£ls.— rit was written ori- 

funrived feveral Years after the ^nally in Spanijb, by El Bachilir 

Murder of his Son. — This, how- Fernanda de Roxas de la Puebla 

ever, is no more than a Licentia de Montalvan, whofe Name is 

poetica, which has ever been con- difcoverable by the Beginning of 

i5der*d warrantable, and which every Line in an Acroftic or Copy 

on this Orcafion is made Ufe of of Verfes prefixed to the Work, 

only for the Sake of dramatic —The Tranfiator alfo, whoever 

Jufticc. he was, pretends to be a Spaniard, 

SouL*8 Warfare. Fid.Di- and has taken on himfelf the 

yiNl Comedian. difguis*d Name of Den Diego 

South-Sea, or the Biters bit, PW{/7(er.— -The Scene lies in 

A Farce, by f^tn. Rufus Cbet- Spain, 

wood, 8vo. 1720.— -This Piece The Sfanish Curate. 

was not intended for the Stage, Com. by Beaumont and Fletcher^ 

but only dcfign'd as a Satire on Fol. 1679. — This is a good Co- 

the Soutb'Sea Projcft, and the medy, and altho' it is not now 

inconceivable Bubbles of thaC/Era on the Lift of a^Sling Plays, it was 

of Folly and Credulity, at many different Times after the 

Soutbwark Fair, or the Death of its Author revived, and , 

Sheep -Jbearing, An Opera, by always with Succefs. — ^Thc Plot " 

Cba, Coffey, %\o, 1729.— This of Don Henri fue, Afcanio, Vio- 

Piece confifts only of three Scenes, lante and Jacintba is borrowed 

and if faid to have been adled by from Ccrardo's Hiftory of Don 

Mr. Reynolds" i Company from the John, p. 202. and that of Lean' 

Baymarket, but at what Place it dro, Bartolas, /fmarantha and 

was prefented, or with what Sue- Lopex from the Spanijh Curate of 

cefs, I know not, altho* I am the fame Author, p. 214. 
apt to conjecture that it might The Spanish Fryar, or 

have been a£led as a Kind of the Double Difcovery, Tr.-Com, 

Droll at one of the Booths in the hy John Dryden^ 4to. i6gj.— 

Borough Fair. Cangbaine charges the Author of 

Sfa^jjard'sNight Walk, this Play with cafting a Reflec* 

Vid. Blurt Mr. Const a- tion on the whole ^ody of ^he 

BLK. Clergy in his Chara^er of Do- 

Sfa^ish ADviNTVREt J^d^ mtnick the Fryar, and feems %o 

<ii BR ALTAR. Imagine it a Piece of Revenge 


S P S P 

for fome OppoHtion he met with now omitttd tn tht AOing.«w 

in the Attempt to take Onien. 9^t the whole Xonie4y is iMfiu- 

However thjit mi^ht be wiUuRe- ial,.livt]y, caterUimfg '<iod h4gh- 

fpc£^ ioMr.Drydftfm.faimcnUr, \y finished b«th -with Reipe^.tc^ 

I cannot pretead to fay, hut this Plot, Charader and La^guaigek— ' 

one Point appears evident tome. The Sc^e lies in ^rnagon, And 

vi'x, that the Satire ^cQwn out the Plot of the ^oinic.P«rt^is 

in it is only general againf)^ thofe fotuidfid on a Novel ailed the 

amongft the Clergy who difgrace Pi/grimy wiitCtn hy^M, <JSt» Brtr 

riieir Cloth hy wicked and unbe- mM» 

coming Actions; and Is by no 7^ StPja^-istK Grrtis. 

Means pointedat, or ean any way Com. hiy ^fho, .MiddUt9it$ 4to. 

affedl the facred Fundion i^^^r^IUiwky «ifiiled our Au«« 

felf. — That there have bc^n fuch thgr in^he vrriting of this :Play, 

Charaflers as Father Domitdck a^ the Plot.^-whkb, with A«(pa^. 

mong the Prlefts of all 'Religions, to the Storyjof i{0^]^«|id Qara, 

and more efpeci^Uy thofe of the if flot.bon»w*d from> hasiat leaft 

iiomijb Church, to whom the a very iie«r iRefenblaoce to a 

Practice of ConfelHon afibrda Kovel of CirmaiUa, calied /Aff 

more frequent OppprtuAi ties and Force rf BM^-^^Thc -^ctnc Ue4 

uninterrupted Scope for fucK Kind at A^c^nt* 
of Conduct, no Man in hi&^enifes 3p;anisii.]n».ult tASPSNT-' 

will, I believe, attempt tadeny. J kd. Vid, Alzi«a. 
and.if fo, howor wherexan they The S^^tAisftRooua:. Com. 

Be more properly expofed than en by Tibtf, Dt4^et, 460. 1674.— This 

the Stage ?. But can that be faid Play is written after the Manner 

to caft/any Refledlion on the of moft of the-F/viK-i; Comedies, 

much greater Number of value- in Rhime, but is the Mily In* 

able, well meaning and truly re- ftanee 1 know of that Kind a- 

ligious among the divine Pro- mong the BngUfi ones t It is 

feltors ? — ^No furely.^— Yet the the beft of ail tnis Author's dra-f 

fui capit Hie facit is a Maxim fo matic Works, yet met with veryt 

perfedliy founded in Truth, that indi^erent Succefs. -^ The Scene 

I am ever apt to fufpe£b fome in Spain* ^ 
Confcioufneis in themfelves of Spanish TrajGIDt. Vid, 

the Truth of particular Satire Jbronymo. 
in thofe Perfons who appear Spanish TRAoiftv. Vid* 

over angry at Hints thrown out Jeronymo*s mad again. 

in gef\eral only. — This Play con- . The Spanish Wives. Faf.* 

lider'd in itfelf has perhaps as of three Afts, by Mrs. Mttrf 

rquch Merit as any that this Au- P*>, 4to. 1606. — The Scene of 

thor has given to the World.—- this little Piece. i| laid at Bane" 

The Chara£lers of Torrifmmd and kma^ and the Plot of it borrowed 

Leonora in the Tragic Part are from the fame Novel of the P/7- 

tender and poetical, yet there are grimy on whic^that of the Spanijb 

fonM wai^n Ideasand Defcriptions Frysr is alfo built, 
given by the latter towards the SpAitACVs Garden. Vid» 

Beginaiiig of the third ASt, Asparagus Garden. 
Which arc rather too warm and The Spari^an Dame. Trag. 

luxuriant to bear Repetition on a by TAo. SoutbernCy 8vo. 1722.— 

ipublic Stage, ah(i arc therefore This Play was wjitten the Year 

- X be- 

S? SP 

l>efore the Reftoration, but, on dicaition; that it pever made aa 

what Account I know not, pro- Appearance on the Stage, 
hibited the Stage till the above The SptaiT or Contra- 

Year, when it made its Appear- diction. Farce of two A£lSy 

tnce with univerfal and indeed by a Gentleman of CamhriJge^ 

merited Applaufe.— The Subje^ Svo, 1760.— This Farce made 

of it is taken from Plutarcb^t its Appearance, at . the Th. Royal 

Life of ^itf in which the Cha- in C^ent Garden, but with very 

tvi&tt of Chf/onit, with Reipe£l little Succcfs. — Nor indeed did it 

to the virtuous Duties both of a deferve a better Fate than it met 

Wife and Daughter, arc a fuffi-* with, there being neither Plot, 

•lent Authorky foir ' the Pidure Character, Wit, Humour nor 

Mr. Scutbeme has drawn of an Language thro* the whole, ex- 

<xcellent Woman in the Heroine cepting ifome little of the Virago 

of. his Tragedy<— It is not now Spirit kept up in the Chara£ler 

iiowevcr on the acting Lift of Mrs. Part/at, who, from the 

The Spartan La diss, making it a fettled Principle to 

Com. by LodotoUk Carfe/l.'^Tor contradi£^ to the utmbft the In- 

fome Mention of this Play fee clinations of every other Perfon, 

• Humphry Moff/ey^a Catalogue at is trick'd' into the compelling her 

the End of MiddUtwi'^ Comedy Daughter to a Match with the 

of More Dijffemhkrs befidet Wemen^ Man fhe loves, but wliom her 

which is the only Place in which Mother is made to believe ihe 

I find it nam^d. has the utmoft DiHike to. 


i)KMjtY*s Barrikrs. "Rj Ben Wits. 

yonfiny^ Fol, 1640 — Thefe The Spoutxr, at the Triple 

Speeches are not much dramatic, Jtevenge, Comic Farce, in two 

be ng only fome Compliments Ads, Anonym. Svo. 1756. 

paid to Prince Heriryf the eldeft The Spovter, or the D<ntbU 

^n of King 'fames I. but as Kevenge. Comic Farce, Svo. 

••hiy are printed with the reft of 1756.— Whether thefe two Pieces 

yiftfon 6 Works, I could not help are the fame or different from 

t. .inking them deferving oJF a each other 1 know not, having 

Mention here. never feen either of them. — They 

The Stxndthript. Com. appear, however, on the Monthly 

Anonym. j6So. — - This I find LifVs of Publications, with the 

mentioned only in the Britijh Diftioflions I have mentioned. — 

lb aire. They both have apparently the 

. The Spightful Sister, fame1[>e(ign, which I imagine to 

Com. by Abr, Bailey, 4to. 1667. be a Ridicule on Mr. Murphy*% 

—The Author of this Play is al- Farce of tlie Ap print ice, 

lowed by both har.gbaine and ^tf- which came out that Seafon, 

t(»b to be free from Plagiary, what and which could not fail of highly 

he has written being all his own, exafperating the wou'dbe^ Heroes, 

ard his Chara^^ers, particularly whofe Follies it vras meant to 

thofe of Lord Occtu and Winifred, expofe, and fet in the ridiculous 

to be truly original.— jftfrtA how- Light they merited, 

ever concludes, and with Reafon, Spr ino-'s Glor r. A Mafijue^ 

/}om if s being printed without ei- ki^Tba, Nabbes, 4to. 163S. v;«- 

^Acr ProJogue, EpHogue or "Dt- dicati«^Vswt.b3'lL^^x*xice, tf- • 


gahp tbt Tenets <* finfe Cewrc & 
** Baccho friget Venus.'*— The 
Title of this Piece fo amfply ci- 
flains the Subject it is written 
on, that I need iay nothing more 
in Regard tor it. 

Squire BitAilVLKsS* Vid, 
Trick vpok Trick. 

The SqjffiRX of Acs at i a. 
Com. by Tbo* SbaStvjeil^ 4to. 
x688. — ^Thts Play is founded on 
the Adel^bi of Terence, the Cha- 
Tafters of the two elder Beffondt 
being exai£Uy thofe of the l[£cro 
•nd Demea, and the two younger 
Selfonds the Efcbinus znd Ctejhbd 
•f that celebrated Comedy. — Mr. 
ShadvteU has however certainly> 
if not improved on thofe Charac- 
ters in their intrinlic Merit, at 
leail ib far moderniced and mould- 
ed them to the prefent Tafte, as 
%o render them much more pala- 
table to an Audience in general 
than they appear to be in their 
ancient Habits. — This Play met 
with good Succeis, and is ftill at 
Times performed to general Sa- 
^sfa^off. •— The Scene lies in 
jfffatigy the Cant Name for 
f^tite Fryartf and the Author 
has introduced fo mnch of the 
Cant or Gambler's Language, as 
to have render'd it neceHary to 
prefix a Gloflary- for the leading 
the Reader through a Labyrinth 
ef uncommon and unintelligible 

Squirk Orn Sap, or the 
Nigbt Admentures, Com. by Tho, 
Durfyt 4to. 1679.— This Play 
is greatly obliged to feveral No- 
vels and other Plays for the Com- 
pofition of its Plot, which is very 
intricate and bufy.— For Inftance, 
the Charad^er of Squire Old Sap, 
and the Incident of Pmpo\ tying 
him to the Tree in the firft Aa, 
is borrowed from the Comicai Hi' 
ferny pf Franam, •— TnckIove*% 
sheatiag OUi Saf with the B^H, 

S T 

and Pimpci's Handing in .^ry V 
Place is related in Bocci>ce*% No- 
vels, Dec. 7. Nov. S. and in 
Forttairte'i Tale of La Gageure des 
troi's Camtfteres : and Tricklove''^ 
Contrivance s^'iriaWelford for baA - 
ing OtdSap beaten in her Cioatl s 
in the fame A£t, and which is 
alfo an Incident in Fletcher's Wo^^ 
man pUas'd, Raven f croft* s London 
Cickoidi, and fome other Come- 
dies is evidently taken from Boc-' 
cace, Dec. 7. Nov, 7. 

Sqjjirz TaiLOoBr. Com. 
by %\r John Vanbrugh, 4to. i7o6« 
—This Piece if very little more 
than a Tranflation of the Monf, 
Pourceaugrtac of Moliere, and was 
one of the Pieces with which the' 
Author opened the Opera Houfe 
in the Haytnarkrt, in the firft 
Year of his joint Management of 
that Theatre with Mr. Congren/e, 
—The Scene is laid in London, ' 

SqyiRE TRRLQOBYr f^d, 

The Stack Beau toss'o 
IN A Blankit, or the HypC' 
erite a la Mode, Com. Anonym; 
4to. 1704. This Piece, tho* 
without a Name, was written hj 
the humourous Tom Brown, It 
confifh of three A£ts only, and it 
a Satire on Jeremy Collier, who 
wrote a fevere Boc^ againfl the 
Stage and dramatic Writers, called 
A Jkort View of the Immoralifj^ 
ana Propbanenefs of the Englifi 
Stage. Mr. Brown has dedicated 
his Piece to Cbrifiopher Rich, I.(c^ 
Patentee of the Theatre Royal, 
and Father of the late Patentee 
of Covent Garden Theatre. 

The Staox Coach. Fare% 
by Geo, Farqubar, 4(0. l7*o,'*-« 
In this little Piece he w^s affifled 
by Mr. Motteux, yet after all it ig 
nothing more than a Pla^ariim^ 
the whole Pbt of it, and fomb 
entire Scenea, '^^■T:to^affi^ ^t» 
between Ca»t^ Bejil %xA NVw- 
X X ^*** 


drmus Stmtthodit being boftowed cifms on all the fevend Incidents 

from a little French Piece, called of the Piece.— —This, however, 

LesCaroffeid' Orleans, — The Scene is not the only Inftanceof this 

is laid in an Inn on the Road, Kind of K^ondu^, he having 

and the Time about three Hotirs, done the very fame Thing in two 

•L7Z, from the coming in of the other Plays, visa, Every Man out 

Coach to its Stage till about Mid- •/ bis Humour, and the Magtretic 

, night. Lady j and Fletcher in his Knight 

Tile Stage Mutineers, of the burning PcpU has fallowed 

A Tragi - Comi - Farci - Ballad- the very fame Example.^— Sceiif 

Opera, Anonym. 8vo. 1733.— London^ 

This Piece, which was never in- The State Jugglxh, or 

tended for the Stage, is only a Sir Politic Ribband, A new Er- 

Buflelquc on a Cooteft between cife Opera> Anonym. Svp* i733'* 

the Manager of one of the The- —This is one of thofe Pieces in 

:rtres and his Performers, at the which Sir Robert WaJpofe, t\^/gn. 

Head of the male-content Part Prime Minifter, was abus'dy ijt 

at whom Mr. Theopk, Cibber zt Regard to the Jobs whi^h the 

tiiiit Time flood in a very con- Public imagined were going for*- 

fpicuous Light, and is in this wards witli Refpe£l to the, Excifc 

Piece charadteriz'd by the Name and other Branches of the pobUc 

of Ancient Pijioly all the Speeches Revenues. 

put into his Mouth being thrown The State of Innocehcb^ 

into the Bombaftic or Mock Tra- or the Fall of Mam An Operai 

g^dy Stile which Sha kefpeare hsiS by y. Dry den, 4tou 1677,— Thte 

j':ivcn to that Chara£Ver in his Piece was never performed, the 

two Parts of Hmry IV. and the Subjsfl being too ^emo, and the 

Merry JVi'ves of Windffir.-^A^ in Charadlers of a^ Nature «htt 

^;)U Difp*utes of this Kind both would render it, almoHBIafybemy 

Sides ace generally to blame, I for any Perfqn to attempt the re- 

ihaUnot here attempt to enter on .prefenting of th^m*"— It i»wHi:^ 

the Merits of the Caufe, but tea in heroic Verfe or Rhin^ 

content liiyfelf with obferving and the Plot i» fia«nde4>oo jlf//i 

that the Farce under ou^ prefent ton'^s Paradift Hafi, froni< ¥4iich 

Confideration feems to be written he has even borrowed ms^y B^ii- 

in Favour of the Performers.— ties in Regard to his Laa^utge 

The Scene lie's in the Playhoufe and Sentiments. — Some of the 

;n: the Time of Rehear fal. nicer and more delicate Critics 

Stage revievt'd. yleU have found Fauk with thie O- 

Muss's Looking-Glass. pen, ch»giBg the Avtbpr with 

Stallion. Fid* Wits, Anachronic and Abiiirdtty ra 

The Staple of News, introciucing L^rr/ir convbriWig a^ 

Com. by Ben Jon/on, FoL 1631. bout the Worlds its Fwflft^ fisaMr 

-^This Play, though not printed ter aad Vieinitutiei a£ » Tkat 

till the above Dat^ wasiirfta^ed pj'eliious to its Creatid% w at 

in the Year 162,54— He has in:- Icaft ta the P^^attky of hit 

trodac*d in x this Comedy four knowiAg^ ^y Thing. GOnccrnxnc 

GoffifV by ^^y of Interlock- k,^ ^And iild<«d : Mh ^lydek 

ihf/T, who remain; oa the Stage feeta« huafelf to ^mve^hwA aairtarc 

during tkc whole Rcptefentation, ei \\% Vjm^^^^% V5^ ^>»*Jc\. Kind of 


^T ST 

,-lb kiM Ap^iff^rSiiir9^]fge^ declarer it te Br MirifteH' by; Hi* 

'*«d fo/r tiie LketttMt P^eh^ of ^utfaexi of the SJrghttd H&id, 

wiik4i he Jiad'shd(Bed'ma4e stBioft authorizes isy gnriog the Credit 

tmpk ¥fe m «hi» Recc.— — €>« ©f it toi thi« 6«nfcieman.<^The 

tfeewRoIe, htmcter, it has un*- Scrate lie* at JKiroiiwi or St. ^/^ 
donbtbdfy' very prst Benotitsy ^^mV f and the Itfihonieiitalj^ , 

..s«d is very highly coiDtnciidtdby Vocri and Retitati^ae Mufic were 

Mr. Lee in a Gopy ofVerfn pnh^ compofed by Mr. Loc^^.— *— Two 

U4htd with it $ nor is it at alldb^ Iklaf^et am i&iertrd id t^Me Body 

tra^Hng from its Merit to trntt^ ci the Play^ vns. One ia the 

that we ate by ao Mbans blind to thivd>A€k, calfed: yif^^^sJIfg/fue; 

feme few Paulh that it may have', the Scene of whic& a a Orove^ 

The State or Pny^rc, ^W-tin is a Lauiei Tree and 

Com^. Anonym. 1742.— —This three Pttplar Trees^j the other it' 

. Piece was never aftfed', nor do I caltedD^wtt's Maf^p^ in whirh 

know who was the Author, yet a KawciSorn Tree is made the 

I conjefture it muft have been grand Scene of Af^ion. 

.fome Perfbn of the Factrftyi The Stock-jobveks. Far, 

fince, if I may be allowed a pal- Anonym. 8vo. lyao*— Thit it 

tiy QuibMe, it is apparcnti that one more of the Pietet written on 

even in the very Tftle Page, to tdbe Follios of the Year 1^20, 

make Ufe' of the vulgar Phrafr, bwf which, Ulbe the reft of them* 

He tafkrltkean Jpothtcary, was nevei aded. 

St at ryw a n *s y r b r a. Vii, St o« k^-Jo»»9r s. Vid, Vo- 


5tfmrSrrFjf«ii's OkEEir, or" Stock -Jobimsr's. Vid* Te^ 

the Generous J^crvers, Com. by Male Aovocatks, 

H^m. PhiHpy Efq; 8vo. 1720.— The Stolbk Hx^irbss, or 

This Piece was never afted, nor the Salamanca Deffor out-piotted^ 

have I ever fecn it.— It is mzn- Com, hy Sujsnna Centlwrt, 4to, 

tioned in none of the Catalogues i704.-^Scene Palermo, 

hot the Btirijb Thnrtre \ from The Stravo* Discover V. 

which, and the Title, I fhouW Tragi-Com. 4to. 1640.— Thi« 

be apt to concltrdc the Author an Play iias the Letters J, G. Gent. 

Jrijhmany the Scene of Action cf prefixed to. it as the Initials of 

his Piece being laid in a Place the Author's Name, and in fome 

which Js, with Rdpcft to DnLlin, Copies of this only Editiontlic 

nearly the fame as the Mall in Name J. Gougb at length. — Th«i 

St. ynntes's Park is with Regard Plot, and great Part of tlic Lan- 

•to London ; that is to fay, the gwagc, is taken from thp tenth 

Theaire for the plnying off all Boo4c of'Thea^enes and Chandea, or 

the various Turn$ of Vanity, Ai- He/iod&rm' s Ethi'fic liificryy which 

feft^tion and Gallamry, and the is look'.! on to be one of the ihoft 

Scene of Thoufaiids cfi Afligna- ancient, and is unqoeftionably 

tions and Intrigut?s. one of the fineft Romances e3fw 

^ The Stepmother. Tragi- tant. — It is to be had in Englijhy 

Cdm. by Sir i?o^, Stapyltov^ 4to. the firft five Books being tranf- 

1664. — Tho' Sir "Robert did not hted by a Perfon of Quality, the 

•put his Natrre to this Play, yet remaining five by Mr. Ttf^^, Svo. 

the rtologue, which exprcfsiy i6'S6.— TKc^Scetve mvVvt W%\x^ 

su su 

iMBg and End of this PUy Hes of MUtrt tin Faehaae, on w}dck 

In Ethiopia, in tke other Parts of he had founded the Plot of this 

St in England and Greece, Comedy, but at the (ame Time 

The Strollers. Farce.— declares, that he had purfued that 

This is only an Extrad of fome Hint in the Formation of greai; 

particular Scenes from a Comedy Part of his own Play, before the 

v^ritten by John Durant Bre%ffl, French one ever came into his 

called the Plajf^s the Plot, pub* Hands.— Be this hovvever as it 

lifhed in 1717. It has fome- may, he has certainly made very 

times been a£ted with the Addi- good Ufe of whatever AiTiftances 

tion of another little Piece, called Ae borrowed \ having rendered 

the Mock Count is s. his own Piece extremely regular 

The Subjects' Jo Y fortbb and entertaining. — The Pbce of 

KiMC*8 Restoration. A the Scene in Lordon, the Time 

facred ^afque, by Dr* jinthomy iiippos*d in the Month of March 

Sadler, 4to. 1661. gratefully in the Year 1667 8. 

made Public for hts facred Ma.' The Sultan sss. Trag. by 

jefty.— The Piot of this Piece is Cha, John/on, 8vr. 1717.— This 

bounded on the 1^ Kings, Ch. xi. is little more than aTranflatioa 

22. and 2 Chronicles, Ch. xiii. of the Bajaxet of Racine, — A 

An^ the Scene, for the Land in Piece which of itfelf is efteeroed 

Canaan, for the Place in Bethel, the very worft of that Author's 

and for the Perfon in JertAoam, Writings $ and as Mr Johnfon^u 

Suburb Justicx. yid. Talent feem'd to confift much 

Town Shifts. more in Comedy than Tragedy, 

.The Successful Pirate, it is not much to be wondered at 
Cam, hy Cba, Jobnfon, ^to. 17 13. if this Play thus ferved up at 
-^This Play is taken from an old fecond Hand by fo indifferent a 
«nte written by Lcdo%vick Carle/i, Cook, ihould rather form an in- 
called jirviragus and Philiaa.-^ fipid and diftafteful Difli 3 yet it 
The Scene the City of Saint was performed at Drury X^ane 
Lainrehce in the ^fland of, Ma- Theatre with no very bad Suc- 
dagafcar* ' cefs. 

The SvccEssruL Stran* Summer's last Will and 

CER?. Trfc^i Comedy, by Pf^m, Testament. Com. by ^ho, 

fiiountfirt* — This Play is much Nafi, 4x0. i6oo. — ^This iPiece 

Superior to ihe Injur d Lovers of is mentioned in the feveral Ca- 

tl;e fame Author 5 yet he is by talogues, but t do not £nd any. 

no Means clear from the Chajge of the Writers who pretend to 

of Plagiary with Regard to his give any farther Account of it. 

Plot, liowever original his Lan- or even to have feen it. 

guage aud Cordudt of the Piece The Sun in Aries, by Ti^o. 

may be j the Dcfign of , the Ca- Middleton, 4to. 1621. — A noble 

t^ftrophc being evidently borrow- Solemnity performed throughout 

ltd from Scarrons Novel, called the City, at the fole Cod and 

the Rit/a/ Brothers. Charges of the Honourable and 

The Sullen LovEBS, or the AncientTntemlty of Drapers, zt 

Impertincnts. Com., by Tho.Slttd- the Confirmation and Efiablijbment 

nvellt 4to. 1670. — ^T he Author of their moft worthy Brother, 

«»^^rs in hi^ Pteface that he had tbe Right Honourable Edward 

tfi^ied a Hint fxom the Report Barkhajn, ia the high Office of 


s u s u 

hit Majefty't Lieutemnty Uie this Day coaftantly (poken to the 

Lord Major of the famous City Play, and feems now to be con^ 

of London, OB, 29. 1621.— This fider*d as Part of it, vix, the long 

is One of the Mafques or Inter- Speech of Rojalind, at the Con- 

ludes, whichy as I hare before cluiion of his Comedy of A^you 

obferved ( Fid , Lo n d i n u rt lih it, 

TRiUMPMAKs) it was cuftoma- SuaraizE. VId, Vf its, 

ry for certain of the incorporated The Surpkizal. Ttagi-Co« 

Companies of the City of Lon- by %iT Rob. Harvard, Fol. 1665, 

den to put themfeWes to the The Scene Sifana, 

Charge of, on Lord Mayor's Day, - Suirenocr of Mons. Fid, 

in Honour of any one of their Siege or Mons. 

Brethren being chofen into the Susanna, by 779. Garter, 

Office of Lord Mayor. 410, 1578. The running Title 

The SuN*s Darlinc. A or this Play is, Tht Commedy of 

Mafque, by yotn Ford, 4X0. tie mofte vertuous and god/ye Sn- 

J657.— Dtffier aflifted our Au- fanna. The Dramatis Ferfnut it 

thor in this Mafque, the Plan cf printed in the Title P^ge, wherein 

y hicB alludes to the four'Seafons it is alfo faid that eight Perfuns 

of the Year. — ^The Explanation may eafily play it. It is written 

cf the Defign is to be feen pre- in Metre, printed in the old black 

fixed to the Dramatis Perfoaa,"^ Letter, and not divided into A£ls, 

It was not publiihed till after three great Tokens of its being 

the Death of the Author. a very ancient Piece. 


Gallant. Farce, hy Jofepb Langbaine and Jacob mention a 

Reed, 8vo. 1740. — This Piece I Piece of this Name, but as they 

never faw, but imagine it to be neither of them pretend to have 

by the fame Author as the Regifter feen it^ I am apt to believe that 

Office and Madrgel and 1'ruUetta itroaybethelaft-mentioned Play, 

xnentioned before. — Jt was never either with an allerM Title ita 

aftcd. fome later Edition, or com^ng^to 

The Supposes. Com. by tlieir Knowledge only by Report^ 

Geo,GaJcoigne, 410, 1566.— This and with a wrong Name. 

is one of the earlieft dramatic The Suspicious Husband. 

Pieces which can properly be Com. by Dr. Ben], Hoadly, Svo. 

called Plays in the Enplijb Lzn- 1746. This Comedy" was firft 

fuagc, and was pfcfented at prefented atGwrn/Carz/rn Houfc, 

Grafs Inn, — It is a Tranrtation and appears to have one Aandard 

from an Italian Comedy, written Proof of Merit, which is, that 

• by the celebrated Arit^o. — The altbo* on the firft Night it was 

Prologue to it is written in Profc, performed, it feem*d threatened 

which, tho' not cuftomary at this with confiderable Oppofition j 

Time, has been followed by fome yet, from the Time the Curtain 

other of our dramatic Writers, rofe, it gradually overcame all 

particularly P«/^ in the Prologue Prejudice againft it, met with 

to Traffolin fuppos''d a Prince, and univerfal Applauds, and continues 

fate in his EpUogue to Duke and to this Day one ofthemoft favorite 

119^ Duke, — Sbakefpeare has alfo Pieces with the Public, being at 

given us an Example of an Epi • frequently prefented to crowded 

l^e lA Ptofe, which it even to Theatres at any one Modem Co- 

'ifitdiy on the Lift. — To fpeak im- can t bnng a more coavmcfng 

partially of it, however, iti Me- ' Argument to prove thIrAfJcrtion, 

rit is rather pleafing than ftrik- than the univerfal R'ept>tatioii the 

ing, ahd the bufy A^ivity of the performing, of that Chara^er 

Plot takes off our Attention to brought to an A^br.of no very 

the Want of Defign, Charaftcr capital Share of Mbrit in other 

and Language, which even its Parts, vix. Mr. Eri^ewater, 

beft Friends muft confefs to be who, during the Run ofthis Ca- 

difcoverable on a more rigid Scnv* medy, obtain^ (o much of the 

tiny.— Yet th'e Audience is kept public Approbation by his Pei> 

Voriftintly alive, and as the prio- formance of Mr. StriBland, as 

cipal Intent of Comedy is to en- even in an AdvertifeiBent of his 

'tertain and afford the care-tir*d Benefit to aflign that Approba- 

'Mind a few Hours of Diflipation, tion as a R'eafon for his making 

a Piece confifting of a Number of Choice ofthis Play rather than 

lively bufy Scenes, intermingled any odier. — —The Sfcene lies in 

' -with eafy fprightly Converfation, LotuUm, and the Time about 36 

'and Charafters, which, if not Hours. 

glaring, aie at leaft not unna- The Suspicious Husband 

tural, will frequently anfwer that crIticiZ'ID, or the Plague of 

Purpofe more effeftually than a Ettvy* Farce, by Cba, Macklin, 

Comedy of more compl^at and 1747.— This Piece was acted at 

'laboured Regularity, and there- the Th. Roy. in Z)r«ry £.<»»*, and- 

fore furely lays a very juft Claiin is, as it ftiles itfelf, a Criticifm 

to our Approbation and Thanks.- on the foregoing Play. ■ It 

Yet this PJay is n«^ entirely devoid met -with vet y little Succcfs, and 

of Merit with RefpeiSt to Cha- I believe never appeared in 

ra^er, fince that of Ranger ^ tho* Print. 

not new, is abfolutely wefl drawn. The Swag gkrino Damskl. ^ 

' and may, I think, be plac'd as the Com. by Rob. Chamherlaine, 4to. 

mpft perfeft Portrait of the lively, 1640. — It is uncertain whether 

honeft, and undefigning Rake of this Play- was ever a£led ; but it 

the prefcnt Age; ncr can Mr., is ufherM into the World by 

G<im<i*s inimitable rerformance three reconHnendatory Copies of 

'of that Character, which indeed Vcrfes, one of which is written 

. was in great Meafure the Support by Mr. Rcfwlim, and is in Re- 

of the Piece during its firft Run, quital for t)ne prefix"'d by our Au- 

' be ever forgotten, while one Per- thor to that Gentleman's Tra- 

fon furvivcs who has feen him in gedy of the Rebellion. — This Cuf. 

it, — Clarinda is an amiable, lively torn of Authors complimenting 

and honeft Coquet J and 4$Vr/<f?/dfff^, each other was formerly greatly 

tho'evidently copied from^^ff ^01^- in Vogue^ and we fee DryJerff 

Joni Kitely in Every Man in his Lee, Jonjony Fletcher y &c. « al- 

llumoury and indeed greatly in- ternately paying this Tribute to 

ferior to that.Charafter, has nc- each other's Merits. — It feems 

vcrthelefa feme Scenes in which however to be now laid aCde, 

the Agitations of a weak Mind, the Writers of the prefentA^ 

affected with that moft torment- feeming more zealoufly to' make 

ingof allPaftions, ^^<7/00|ry, arefar it their Endeavour to poii t out 

//vm bans badly expre^d \ nor to the Public how v«ry fr all a 




• # 

.every: Author but himfelf J andfo tp 

•Atccfi^fiiUy^ do they piuiAie this 

xandid Plan, tbat gdaendly at* 

tkc Coadufioa of' ever/) Conf edt /LTals ot a Tub* Com* 

of thk Kind, the World, bo- by Btu J^tfm, Foi. 1640.-*- 

comes porfeAiy conviiked of the The Scene Finfinry Hundred. — 

Juftiee of their A&trXM.^, sluS This, is not ond of our Aothor*s 

is residy; to belkve that every In;- beft Pieces, being: chie%«oii^^ 

<dtvid«Al aoKkRg them has fyoktn to Ww Humour. 

the Tviith ia hi9 Turni TAMS£Ki.Ai^THxOm£ATy 

Siwm^TVAht THB Woman- or the S<ythitim. ShefSenL Trag* 

mAt9» ajcraiigti'd ky W«^ in two Parts^ hy- Chnft, Mar/oe, 

MEV. Goxft. Anonym. 410. iSvo. 1590.— 1593.— -The full 

T^Sto.^T^is^ Play i« chiefly in- Titles of theft two Plays are as 

tended to lafh a very fcaodalous follows> vrk;. Of the firft Part.f^ 

PampMet againft the^Female Sex, Tamherlain fi&« Great,, toio/wpt 

written by one yof^ Siuttnaa, a Scythian Sb^berd, by tit rate 

.eotiCkd, i'he Atraignviekt of U^»df and wonderful Coafmefti, hecame a 

iMe^ fr award a^ inctmflant fVo^ m9ft puiffaM and mighty Mawarque, 

Mra.— -The Plot however is hniit And (fir his Tyrsumy and Terroar 

on an old Spanijh Baok, caUM in War) ^va* terimd the Scourge 

H^^a da Aureh'a^y Jfa&eJ&t Bipa of God, divided into two Tragical 

dei Rty de EfcbUa^ &c«— -^The Difiourfts^ 8vo. s 590.—- Of the 

Soene i« Sicify, . feoond Part.«— 0^ the B/oodie Con- 

Stxxa« a Dtamatic Enter- f«^»9/'«u^(f Tamberhune, w7/<& 

tainment, by Mr. Detvick,. 8vo. bia impagionate Fury for the Death 

• i7^53^.**-Tllia is owij a: TranHa- .of bii Latb^ and Lovey the fair 
.tioAf not defign'd for th^ ^^^t Z,tneratey his. Fvtmat tf E^t^ 
«0l^ a Kind of* O^eFA- written cri- tdtiak tor his three Soas^ and the 
ginaily. in fmsrirby. the Kii:^ df . garner <f: bis enohDiuthf ^59S*~^ 
PttUfia. The Stede of. bodi thefe* Pieces 

St&i.a'sGh'OST. A-Dramadc lies in' PeyyS^i aiid. they are both 

Satyrical Pieces Anonjrm. 1.6S9. printedintheoMbkckLett^*— 

—-This Piece I have never fccn. The Plot is taken from ^e Life 

nor can form any Idea of ks De- of Tiaaerhuw, as related by KkaOes 

fign.-^ find it mentioned ofHy and other HiAorrans of the7«r« 

-in the Britijb Theatre, kijb Affairs. 

&VI.VIA, or tlM Country Bx$- TAA9fi*£RxrAMB triGriat* 

Malt A Ballad Opera, by 6^^. Trag. by Cka. SairKden 4to, 

ii7/d, 8vQ. i73i.-*-Thi8 wai«ne i6fti.-«-This wasrcftcamed a very 

• ef the Pieces which the gencrftl good Play^ ahd. was highly eoni- 
' Vogda of thefe Ballad O^ievas mended by Banks and other his 
>«eeanoned fa^ 'the Svccefs (^f the Cotfcmporary Writers;— *The An- 

Btegpar*s Cj^vnrbeing^oaght^Riii thor himfelf ooinfefies his Deiign 

into thtf World. «'«-it was periorm- ito br taken from a Kdvel calkd 

tAsHLinto/nfs^Bm-Fie^sThbtXrt, .Tarner/aae znd: A/hnai 

kut^witbitp 99xy {xtwt Swo^* TAum^iiA»9k Ti^^ by A; 

:• . ■ ^ ; • ■ . . ' - 

• ■ . 1 I- • . ' ^ • -,. 



Meue, 4to. 1702.— —This Play 2nd of the third and the Begtuw 

was written in Compliment to fting^ of the 4th A€ts is at Fetni^ 

King JVilliamVll, whofe Cha- r^^/Vs Houfe in the Country ; for 

ra^cr the Author intended to dif- the reft of the Flay at 'Padua.'^ 

play under that of Tamntanc-^lt This Comedy has* been the 

was recei-ved with great Applaufe Ground -work of fome othesr 

at its firft Appearance, and ftill Pieces, particularly Sattmi^ tbt 

continues to be an admired Sc9t, The M/er of Preftm, and 

■ Play.— ——In Purfuance of Mr. Catharine and Parucbio.\ among 

Rowit intended Compliment, it which the laft is much the moft 

has bees a conftant Cuftom at all regular and perfed Drama thsit 

the Theatres both in London and has ever been formed from it.— 

Dublin f to reprefent it on the 4th See further under ita own Title, 

.. ef Nwtmhery whieh was thtt The Tamingof th-k 

Monarches Birth-Day.— In Z>»^- Shkxw. VttU Sawnxy tr* 

lin more efpecially it is made one Scot. 

of what is called the Gcmtmmmt Tancred aud GitMuivff*- 

Nighti at the Theatre, when the Trag» by Kob, WHwrnty 4to. 1 591,- 

Lord Lieutenant, or in his Ab- —-This Play is founded on Boo^ 

ience the Lords Jaftices, pay the mpcv*s Novels, Dec. 41 Nov. r. 

Ladies the Compliment of ren- which Stoiy is very finely related 

dering the Boxes entirely free- to by Dryden in his Fables, undw 

fuch of them ac chufe to come to the Title «f Stgifnmnda^ a»d Can 

the Houfe.— Nor has it been un- tfcard^m'-^Mxu CentUvrt baa alfo 

ufual in fome Theatres to per- taken the very fame Story for the- 

form this Play on the fncceed- Bafir of he» Tragedy, called the . 

ang Night alfQ, which is the An- Cruel Gift, 

niverfary of hit firft Landing on Tancixix ahitSigismvN'- 

^t Engiijb Co9&» da. Trag. by Ja-, TkmffiM, 

Tamxki,ai«x. An> haUam 8vo. 1744.— This is one of th« 

Opera, by N, Hesfmy 8vo« 17x4. beft of this AuthorV dramatic. 

performed at the KingV Theatre Pieces, and met with very good 

m the Hiymarket.'-^Tkt Scene is Succe&.: rThe Characters arc 

laid at Prufa, now calkd Bur/at welL fupported, yet they are not 
the Capital of ^fi&/ffji^ and the fufficiently new and . Anking.*— 
firft City that Swneflane poflefsM The Loves of Tancred and Sigif» 
himfelf of after the Overthraw munda are tender^ pathetic and 
of the Turks, affcfting, yet there is too little Va- 
TAMxa tam'd". Vid, Wo- riety of Incident or Surprize to- 
M A N *8 Pa I a E . preCerv^ the Attention of an Audi- 
The Tamxnc op tjie ence fufficiently, and the 
Shxew.. Com. by H^, Sloakef- Language is in many PUccs poe- 
peartf 4to. 1607. — This is very tical and ftowery^ ytt in die ge- 
lar from being 'z regular Play, neral too declamatory and ien- 
yet has many very great Beautlet timental. — Oa the whole there- 
in it. — The Plot of the drunken fore,, the Piece, tho' far from- 
^inker*s being taken up by the wanting fome Share of Merit, 
Lord tnd mada to ima^ne him- appears^ heavy and dragging in 
<i^/;i Man of Quality, is hot- tiie '^eYw^wiXaxiotL^ and feemt 
towed from Cotdart'z Hijhirei ad- tVieitiot^ \«Jtt«t ^«^\ft^ xa ^^^ 
aiwaiA4a.^XJw Scent Ml the lattcf aol«xxVm>:kv^TVv«&K:. . 

T A T<A 

Tamnsk or YoiK. ^PtJ, to a Place in the jErrW Rank of 
LvcKT DiscovEKY. ouf dramatic Writings, and the 

Ta Kevin's Ovirthiow^ ingenious Earl of Dorfef, when 
iTrJ, Tunc AN Treaty. hor^ Buckbttrft, paid a ftrong Tcf- 

T-ARTUPPE, or the Fmcb timonial to its Merit in a Copy 
Puritan, Com. by Math. Med- of Verfcs to the Author on its 
bourjUy 4to. 1670. — ^ThisPlayis Publication. — ^The Scene is laid 
an improved Tranflation of Afo» iir Madrid, 
Ifjere's Tartuffe, and according to Taste. Com. of two A^ls* 
the Author's own Acconnt met by S, Foote, 8vo. 1752. — This 
-frith very great Applaufe, and inr Piece and its Profits was given by 
deed it ic no great Wonder that its Author to Mr,' JForfda/e the 
any Piece which was written a- Paintetj who aftcd the Part of 
gainft the French Ht^vnots, who Lady PentweaJU in it with great 
bore a ftrong Refemblance to the Applaufe. — The general Inten* 
Snglifi Puritans, fhould give Plea- tion of it is to point out the nu- 
/ure at a Period when every Mo- merous Impofitions that Perfona 
tive was made Ufe of to render of Fortune and FaAion daily 
that Ciafs of People deteilable fuflTer in the Purfuit of what is 
throughout the Kingdom. -^It called Tafity or a Love of the 
xhuft, however, be confeiTed, that F'ertiiy from the Tricks and Con- 
the original Tartufi i» a Mafter federacies of Painters, Aofbion^ 
Piece in the dramatic Way, and eers. Medal Dealers, &c» and to 
to it we ftand indebted for a Co- fhew the Abfurdity of placing an 
roedy asercellentinourown Lan- ineftimable Value on, and giving 
guage,.tr/». tht Nonjuror of Co/Uy immenfc Prizes for, a Parcel of 
Cibber, raaimM Bufts,* erasM Piftures^ 

Taktvtfz^ or the Nypocritr. and inexplicable Coins, only be- 
Com. by y. Oatell, — This is only caufe they have the mere Name 
a literal TranHation from Mo- and Appearance of Antiquity | 
liere, while the more perfect and really 

Tars op Old England, viluabjc Performances of the 
Vid. Reprizal. moft capital Artifts of our own 

Taruga's Wiles, or toe Age and Country, if known t© 
Coffeeboufe. Com. hy Sit Tho,St, be fuch, are totally defpifed and 
Sarfe, 4to. 1668. — Great Part negledied, and the Artifts them- 
of the Plotof this Play is found- felves fufFer'd to pafs thro' Life 
ed 00 a Spanijh Comedy, called unnotic'd and difco-jraged.— * 
Ne Puedejft;r, or // cannot he\ Thele Points Mt. Foo/< has In . 
from which, or from the Piece this Farce fet forth in avery juft, 
before us, Mr. Crovsn has bor- and at the fame Time a very hu« 
rowed his Sir Courtly Nice, at leaft mourous Light ; but whether the 
as far as relates to Lord Bellguard Geiterality of the Audience did 
and Crtfril, which are extremely not relifh, or perhaps did not an* 
refembiing Don Patricio and Ta- deriland this confined Satire, or 
rugo- in this. Sir tbomas hat in that underftanding it, they were 
his third A^ introduceda Coffee- fo wedded to the Infatuation of 
' boufe Scene, which is admirably being imposed 00, that they were 
finiflied.—- In a Word, this Piece, unwilling to fabfcribe to the 
. if not intitled to the ^ry?, may, Jufticc of \t, 1 HivVLitioK. y^^k.^ 
without PrefumptioUg lay Cl^lm to d«|t£iiBJA6\ \»u\ \x. losx '<«>!^ 


fotne 0|ipo&dpn -for m. Night 'vr tJbe 'Scenev we>e lavented by iW^* 
two, jpnd diuing the whole Run Jones, 

of it, which vfza not a long one, ^he Txmf^st. A Com. by 
found at beft but a coW a»d dif. ff^,Sbakrfpfm-t, ^o,t^^,-^Th\9 

tiftafal. Reception. is a Tory admirable Pky, and is 

Tast* A LA Mod K. Vid,^ omelnftance, among many, of our 
Tittle Tattle, Author's creatiire Faculty, who 

TcRoo Chi Cou Ell, or tbg femetinies feems wantonly, as if 
SitU Orphan 9f the Family cfTeboo. tir'd with rummaging m Ka- 

Trag. Svo. 1738.—- This is no- tu»^s Storehouse ibr his'Ch«rac- - 

thing more than a literal Tranfla- ters, to prefer the forming of 

tion from the GbrffWir Language of fvoh as ihe never dreamt of, in 

the Tragedy in the firft Vo- otder to fliew his own Power of 

lomleof Du Huidis Stiftory cf making tiiem a A and fpealc jufr 

China* as ./he would have done had Ihe 

Tkagus O^Divellt. J^d, thought proper to have giveh 

AMoaous Btgot. them Exiftenee.— 'One. of thefe 

TBXNOriiMlA, or the Marriage Characters is CaKhan in this'Play, 
pf the Arts, Com. by Barton than which nothing forely can 
IMidayt 4to. 1618* — ^Thie Piece be more wtrey and at the fame 
was a^ed by the Stvtdents of Time jiothing more per/eAly na- 
Chrift Church before the Univcr- tural^— His Ariel is another of 
{tiy '^t'Shrowe T^/^-^Itis entiraly thefe dnftances, and is the moil 
figurative, all the liberal Arts be- amazing Contraft to the heavy 
ing perfonated in it, and the Earth-born Clod I have been 
Author hasdifplayM great Learn- mentioning; all his Deicriptions^ 
iQg in the Contexture of his and indeed every Word he fpeaks. 
Play, having introduced many appearing to partake of the Pro - 
Things from the Ancients, par- pertiesof that light and invifible 
tkulaf ly two 06^s from Auur eon, Eiement which he is the Inha- 
which he has inserted, one in bitant of.— Nor is his Miranda 
hisvfecond, and the other in bis lefs defepving of Notice, her Sim- 
third Aft. —The Challenge of plicity and natural Senfations un- 
£«^;««x to iPMfd is an elegant and der the Circumftances he has 
ingenious Imitation of that from placed her in, being fuch as no 
Danuelas to Clinias in Sir Philip one fince, though many Writers 
Sidney's celebrated Arcadia.^^The havo^attempted an Imitation of 
Scene Jnfi$la fortvnata, the Charafterj has ever been able 

TxMPE RESToa'ta. A to arrive at .~-The Scene is at 

Mafque, 4to. 1^31.— This Piece firft on 'Board a Veflcl in a Storm 

was prefcnted before K, Charles I. at Sea, thro* all the reft of the 

dX JV-hitehall oti Shrove Tuifday, Play is a defert Ifland. 
16 jr. by the Queen and fourtwn The Tempest, or the In* 

of har> Ladies.'— It is founded on chanted Jjland, Com. by y. Dry* 

the Story oi dree aS rdat«d'in den, 4to, i6^C~-l— The whole 

the f4th Book of i)vid*s Meki' Ground-Work of this Play is 

merphofn ^ T he 4 Words were built on the fore-mentioned one 

wrttteB^by -'Mr. AureHan 7o«w/- of Shaiefpeare, thfe greateft Part 

hmdf bot the Subje^ and AUe- of the Language and fome entire 

gory of the Mtfijue, with the Seines being copied vw^/jr/airfroni 

0eferij»tMQ» aad AppaMtvt of ' n, • lAt,^ryden has however 



T E T E 

made a confiderable Alteration in Merit, yet was a^ed at the The- 
thc Plot and Conduct of the Play, atre in Goodman's^Fi elds for ft- - 
and introduced three entire new vend Nights -with confideralle 
Charadlers, v/a. a Sifter to AX/- Succefs. 

randdf who, like her, has ne%'er TheTEMVLB 04> Dvi.lne98. 
feen a Man \ a Youth who has A Comic Opera, Sto. x'745. 
neveY beheld a Woman ; and a Anonym.— This Piece was nevef 
Female Monfler, Sifter and Com- performed, but it appears on the 
panion to Caliban \ befides which. Lifts of Publications of the above' 
he had fomeVhat enlarged on the Year. 

Charafters of the Sailors, greatly The Txmplk op Lovr» 
extended the Mufical Parts, and MafquR, by Sir IK Davenane, 
terminated the whole with 4 Kind 1673. — I know not exaAly irr 
of Mafque. — In fliort, he has, on what Year this Piece was (tiA 
thewhole, rcnderM it more ikewy, performed, but only that it was 
more intricate,, and fitter to keep prefented at Whit^aU in th« 
up the general Attention of the Reign of KStkg Charles 1, by the 
Audience, and yet, to the im- Queen, and divers of the Nobi- 
mortal Evidence of Sbakefpeari^ lity of both Sexes, whofe Name 
fuperior Abilities over every other are printed at the End of thtr 
Genius, we cannot but oblerve Maf()u<:. 

that the Work of this- very great Templs or Lovx. Paftoral. 
Poet Mr. Dryden, interwoven as —A Piece thus entitled, but 
it is into the very Texture of without either AuthM*s Name or 
Shdkejpeart.\ Play, and fine as ir Dare, is inferted in the Index 
muft be confider'd taken fingly, to IVhincuf^ Lift, but no Notice 
appears here but as Patch^work, taken of it in the Body of the 
as a Fruit entirely unequal to the Work. 

noble Stock on which it is en- Of the Txmptation or 

graflfed, — Mr. l5rydeii in his Pre- Christ. A dramatic Piece, by- 
face obfcrN'cs, that Fletchtr in his Biftiop Bale, mentioned only in 
Sea Voyage, zndi Sir yohn Suckling his own Lift. 
inh\^ CobUnSf have borrowed ve- The Tender Husband, or 
jy confiderably from Shakcfpeare^s the Accom^ifbtd fools. Com. by 
Tempejl.'-^Si'w Wm, Davenant had Sir Kicb. Steele, 4to. 1703.— 
ferae Share with Dryden in^||^^8.-^me Part of this Play, partica- 
A Iteration. fiyrly the Incident of CFerimont^s 

' The Tempest. Opera, 8vo. dii^uinng himfelf and painting 
1756.— This is only the principal his Miftrefs*8 Pifture, is bor- 
Scenes of Sbakefpeare't Tempeft, rowed from Moh'ere's Sicilien ou 
thrown into the ^jo. of an O- V Amour Feintre, — The Prologue 
pera, by the AddRion ftf many is written by Mr. Addifon, 
new Songs.— fit was porformed- at Teraminta. An FngUJh 
the Theatre ^^^^Xii^flrury Lane Opera, by Mr^ H, Carey, 8vo. 
with Succefs. — *v- 1732.— This Piece was, I bc- 

Temple. ^i</. Masque of lieve, performed at the Theatre 

THE TWO Inns of Court, in Lincoln^ s-Inti- Fields. The 

&c, by y. Chapman, Mufic by Mr. J. C, Smith. 

The Temple Beau. Com. Testy Lord. Fid.^n^, 
by H,Jielditigy Svo. 1731.-— TEuzaoNE. An Iralian O- 
This Comedy has no very great pera, 8vq, i7«7.-*iThe Mufic 

T H , TH 

composed by Sig. Atttlio ArhJH. in Lincoln's - Inn - Fields. — It wa* 

—The Scene is laid atPekin, the written by an Irijh Clergyman, 

Capital of (^/W. ' Theodosivs, or the Force of 

The Thiati ss. Farce. Love, Trag. by Nath, Lee, 410. 

Anonym. 8vo, 1733. — ^^^^^ " This Play met with great and 

in the Lift of the Britijb Theatre, deferved Succefs, and is to this 

but without any farther Particu- Day a^very Favorite Tragedy with 

lars.— It was never a£ted^ and I moft of the fen(ible Part of the 

fuppo^e was only a Party Affair Audience. — The Paifions are very 

jY:)ating to the theatrical Contefts finely touched in it, and the Lan- 

of that Time. guage in many Parts extremely 

ThebaIs., Trag. by 'tbo, beautiful.— Every Thing that rc- 

JNewtoH, 4to. 1581,— -This is a lates to the Loves of f'arantsy v4- 

Tranflation frorti one of the Tra- tbendls and Theodojms is uniform, 

gedies publiflied as Seneca z, al- noble and af¥e£ting ; yet even all 

tho", from fome Inconiiftencies thefe Beauties cannot bribe me 

between the Cataftrophe of this from remarking how very unequal 

and that of Oedifui, it is fcarcelv to thefe is the Epifode of the 

reafonable to imagine them both Loves of Martian and Pulckeria, 

the Work of the fame Author, which is in itfelf fo trifling, and 

Thebais. . a Tranflation of f© unconnected and unneccfTary 

the fame Piece, by Sir Edward to the main Plot of the Play, 

Sberbourne (about 1650.) —To • that with a very little Alteration 

this Gentleman has Jacob attri- thofc two Charafters, and every 

bated a Tranflation of this Play 5 Thing that relates to them, might 

which Account is confirmed by be entirely omitted, and the 

the Lifts publiAed fincc. — But Piece rendered the better for the 

-Coxeter in his MS, Notes has Want of them. — Marcian'i Be- , 

ftruck out this Tragedy, infert- haviour to Hheodojiix is not only 

ing in its Room the Hippoli- inconfiftent with Probability^ but 
TVS of the fame ancient Author. . fuch as renders the latter too 

—How fuch a Miftake ftiould contemptible for the Sufferance 

happen at firft I can fcarcely con- of an Audience after it to admit 

ceive ; but ihould not be at all him again on the Stage; and FuK 

(xxr^Tized, if a Miftake^ to find ckeria's baniihing Ute General 

it taken U)t granted on Jacobs only to hav« an Opportunity of 

Authority, and copied after him recalling him to furprlze him 

by the fubfequent Writers, as with making him het Huflyand« 

they have done in numberlefs 0- has fomething in it fo truly lu- 

ther Inftances ifom Iiim, Lan£~ 'dicrous and puerile, that one 

baine, Phillips zn^ others.— As I fliould Imagine it rather theTreat- 

have hot myielf hJippened to meet ment of a HcittiOi Boarding School 

with either of Sir Edivard*s Mifs to fome pretty Mafter joft 

Tranflations, I muft ingenuoufly come Home to a Holiday Break- 

CiSiifefs it is not m my Power to ing-up, than that of a Princefs, to 

determine the Point. whom the Empire of the Woild 

Tnt LONGXft THOU LivxsT was to devolve, towards a hardy 

THE MDRZ Fool thou art. Soldier, whofe Arms that World 

^^« XtfONGEi, ^c, had trembled at the Sound of. 

ThjemzSTOCLBS. Tia^ It Niwt. tKercfore to be wifhed 
Anonym. 4Jto. 17*9. — A^eA tVa.tA\s\\ ^\^x VScox tsi\^\. \s\- 
with fome Succci» at thcTU^attt ^>J.ct to»ft ^«!^ ^^'-^ '^'^'tSi^ 

T H T H 

Taflc to undertake an Alteration Thoma^o, or the Wandertr, 

erf it, ' by curtailing thefe fuper- Com. in two Parts, by Tbo, Kil- 

fluous Excrefcences, and filling iigrrw^ Fol. 1663.— The Author 

up the Hiatus they would kavc of this Play has borrowed fcveral 

with fomc Incidents, that might of his Decorations from others^ 

have mor^ Uniformity and Con- particularly a Song on Jeaioufy 

ne^on with the general Defign from Mr. Carewy and another 

of the Play. The Ground Work Song from Fletcher's Play of the 

of it is built on the Romance of Captain, — He has, beiides, taken 

Pbaramond, in which the Hiftory not only the Defign of his Cha^ 

of Varamex is to be feen. Part ^. raster of Ia^us, but eveii many 

Book 3. of Martian in Part 7. of the very Words from that of 

Book I. and of l^eodofiui in Jonjon's ^o^j^a^.— But as he 

Pdrt 7. Book j.— The Scene lies feems very ready candidly to con- 

at Con/Tantinitpie, — ^It is alfo ailift* fefs his lliefts, and that what he 

ed in the Reprefentation by fe- has thus borrowed he applies to 

veral Entertainments of Singing very good Purpofc, he may lurely 

in the Solemnity of Church Mu- be excus'd.— Both thcfe Pieces 

fic, composed by the celebrated were written at Madrid, ^Nh\zYk 

Ken, PurccU^ being the firft he City he has made the Scene of 

ever compofed for the Stage. A^ion in them. 
There is a Play on the fame Story Thomyris Queen oif ScV- 

by Majpnger, Fid, Emperok thia. An Italian Opera^i 8vo, 

OF THE East. *709« performed at the CJ^ccn'a 

Th E R s y T E f , hii Humours and Theatre in the Uaymarht. 
onceits. An Interlude, Anon. Thomyris Q^een or Scy- 

1598.' THIA. An Opera, by 1\ Mot-i 

These vs. An Opera, per- teux, %vo, 1719.— This was per- 
formed at the King^s Theatre in formed at the Thgat. in Linco/ns- 
the Hajmarkft, but in what Year Inn-Fields, and was one of the 
I know not. ' Attempts made at that Time for 

Thomas AND Sally. A the Revival of Eng/ijb ' Opens 

Mufical Entertainment, 8vo, after the Manner of the Italian, 

1760.— —This little Piece was — The Scene lies in that Part of 

performed at Cwent Garden The- Scythia inhabited by the Msjfit- 

tre with great Succefs. — Though geteu 

published Anonymous, it is writ- Thornby Abbey, or tbt 

ten by one Mr. Ifaac hickerffaff, London 'Maid. Trag. by T. ^ 

-—The Plot is veryfimple, being izmo. 1662.— Who the Author 

no more than a Country Squire's of this Piece was I know not, 

attempting the Virtue of a young but it is printed with the Mar- 

Girl in tlie Neighbourhood, who, riage Broker and Grim the Collier 

after reiifl^ing all the Perfwafioni of Croydon, under the Title of 

of an old Woman who pleads in Gratia Tteatrahs , or A choice 

the Squire*s Favour, is at laft Ttrnary of Engtijb Plays, ccmpos"^ 

refcoed from intended Violence upon efpecial Occefans hy general 

by the timely Approach of a ingenious Perfons, — ^The Sqene of 

Youth, for whom flie bad long the Piece we are no,w fpeaking.of 

maintained a, pure and unajter*d is laid in Loidm% 
Pa/Soa,-^The Songs ajc fJea- The Thica^ik^ ^N^-s^Xk^^* 
/Ing, and the Mafic well adapted A com\c.2\ Hi&otv , \)N *}<*>« Wa>» 
to the prsfent Tu&e. Y ii f^ 


T H T H 

/«r, 4to. 1661. — ^This Play wa« whereas Jacob, zndfflineoft aftef 

a^ed Mrith great Applaufe, but bini> have made them to be R, 

xvhat is its Plot 1 know OQt, H^, and Coxeter, in his MS. Notes, 

having never fcen it, has filled up the faid Letters, by 

Three Dvkis of Dun- fignifying them to ftand for R, 

STABLE, Fid, Fool's Pre- H^ilfin, by whom, I fuppofe, he 

riRMENT. TOuflr mean the Robert J^i/fin, 

Three HovRS AFTER Mar- who was Author of a Comedy, 

KiAGE. Farce, of three Afts, caird the Cobler^s Prophecy ^ nor 

by MelTrs, Gay, Pope and Arbutb- does this Conjecture appear at all, 8vo. 17 T7. T4i!S little improbable, that Play having been 

Piece, the jornt Produce of this firft publifted in 1698, but four 

Triumvirate of firft rate Wits, Years after the Date of this, as 

Vas a£tedatthe Theatre Royal above-mentioned, 

in Drutyhanty and very deferv- Three Merrt Boys. Vid» 

€dly damn'd.— The Conltquence Wits. 

©f which was the giving Mr.Pijpf Thierry ;andTheodoret. 
io great a Drfgnft to the Stage, Trag. by Beaumont and Ftetcherf 
ih?t he never attempted any 410, 162 1.— The Plot of this 
Thing in the dramatic Way af- Play may be feen by confulting 
terwards j and, indeed, he feems. Be Serret, Maneray and other of 
through the Courfe of his Saty- the French Writers on the Reign 
ileal Wrhings, to have ftewn a of Gttmr If. afld the Scene lies 
more peculiar Degree of Spleen in Pytfurtr, — Ih the Folio Edition 
againft \\\oi\ Authors who hap- pf thefe Authors Works in 1679/ 
rrpfd to meet with Succefs in the Editor, either defignedly, or 
this Walk, in which he had fo from fome Carelellhds of the 
confpicuoufly failed.-— Yet it is Compofitor, has .omitted a.'grcat 
fir from improbable, that had he Part of the laft A6I,' which con- 
thought it worth his while fingly tains the King's Behaviour dur- 
to have taken the Pains of writ- ing the Operation df the Poifon 
ing a dramatic Piece, he might adminiftred to him by his BSo-' 
have fucceeded equally, if not fu- ther, and which is as aSe^ingat 
perior to any of his Cotempo- any Part of the Play. 
raries. Thyestes, Trag. by %/*- 

The Three Ladies of per Hyivood, 8vo. i56o,-^Thi8 

V London, A Comedie, full of is only a Tranflation from the 

Jt/Syrtbe and ^uyttie Concetti, 1 598. ttyeftes of Seneca.-^lt was not in- 

— In this Manner is the Title of tended for the Stage 5 ^yet the 

this Piece denoted in the Briti/b Author has taken fome Liberty 

Vri>eatre, frt>m which one would with his Original, having added 

conclude the Aathor of that a whole Scene at the End of the 

Work had feen it, which Lang' fifth Aft, in which Tbyefta be- 

baine owns he never did, and wails his own Mifery, and im- 

Jacob does not pretend to have precates the Vengeance of Heaven 

done, — Neither of the laft-men- on ^r««.— The Scene Argzs.—^ 

tioned Writers have aflSgned any This is a very old, and, I be- 

J>3tcto it, tho' both haveafBxed lleve, the firft fwi;/;^ Tranflation 

inftfai Letters,, yet differing from of this Play, and is printed in 

tsLch other. — For tanghaint \a& tVit >5U<:^R.\*^^.^5:'^« 

ht cJowa the Lcttcn W, R, 


T I 

Thy EST 18. Trag. by Join 
Wrigkty 8vo. 1674.— This is an- 
other Translation of the fame 
Play, writ (fay* the Tranflator) 
many Years fince, tho' correft- 
ed; and rendered into foooewhat a 
more faihlonablc Garb than its 
firft Prefs, at the Intervals of a 
more pro^ table Study the kft 
long Vacation, before *twas pub- 

Thyistis. Trag. by John 
Crown, 4to. 1 6S I. —This is the 
only Piece on ihis Story that has 
made its Appearance on the Eng' 
HJh Stage, where it met with good 
Succefs. — The Foundation of it 
is laid in Sereca^s Tragedy, and 
he has in fome Meafure imitated 
that Author in the Superftruc- 
turc.— There are, however, two 
Plays on the fame Subjc^, the 
one in French, the other in Spa 
nijh'y but how far our Author 
has been obliged to either of 
them 1 know not, neither of 
them having fallen in my Way. 
—The. Scene lies at Argus's 
Court in jirga, 


Tiberius Claudius Ne- 
ro, Rome^s greattfi Tyrant (the 
Tragedie of) truly reprefented cut cf 
the purefi Records of tbofe Times, 
Anonym. 4to. 1607. — For the 
Plot fee SuetoniuSy Dion CaJJius, 


Man. a mojl pleajaunte and nury 
Comedie, ryght Vithy and Julie of 
Deligbte, by Geo, Wapul, 4to. 
161 1. — This Piece I never faw. 

TiMiLY Discovery. Vid, 
GiMKRous Conqueror. 

Time turn'd Occulist. 
Vid, Albion restored. 

Tims vindicated to 

himself and his honours. 

A Mafgue, by Ben yonfon, pre- 

fented at Couit on Tuelfth' Nighty 


TiMOLiOK. Trag. by Benj* ' 
Martin, gvo. 1729. — This Play 
was a6led at Drury Lane Theatre 
with fomc Succefs.— The Plot 
of it is taken from Hiftory, the 
Language is not unpoetical, and 
there are fome Strokes of Libeifty 
in it that do Credit to its Au- 

T1MOLEON9 or the Revolution, 
Tragi- Com. Anouym. 1697 .r<* 
The Comic Parts of this Play arc 
intended as a Satire on mercenaiy 
Courtiers, who prefer Money to 
Merit. — The Story of the tragic 
Part is from Cornelius Nepos, Plu- 
tarcFs Life of Timokon, &c.— ■ 
The Scene in Syracufe, 

TiMON IN Love, or tbe In- 
nocent Theft, Com. 'by J, Keljy, 
Svo. 173 ^. — This Play was aftcd 
at Drury Lane with but indiffer- 
ent Succefs. — It is a Tranflation, 
with but Kttle Alteration, of the 
Timon Mifantrope of M. DeVlJfe^ 
A Piece which, in^ itfelf, has 
very great Merit j but how much 
it might lofe of its £(re£l in a 
Tranllation, I cannot Corm any 
Judgment of. 

Tim ON OF Athens. Trag. 
by TV. Sbakefpeare, Fol. 1685.— 
There are tome Paflages in this 
Play equal to any Thmg this Au- 
thor ever wrote, particularly Ti- 
nion*s Grace, and his fcveral 
Curfes ; nor was there ever per- 
haps an higher finiftied Chara^cr 
than that of ^pemantus. — Yet it 
is not without fome Faults in 
Point of Regulariry. — The Story 
may be found in Lucian^s Dia- 
hgues, Plutarcb\ Life of M. An* 
tbony. Sec, — The Scene lies in 
Athens and the Woods adjacent, 

TiMON OF Athens, or the 
Manhatcr* Trag. by Tbo. Shad' 
well, 4Jto. 1678. — .1 his Tragldy 
is borrowed from the {Qtt%ov\k.% 
one, Wt \s Tvot lit^x ^^i tJiCi^'*^ 
PUy, aVmoft. CJtrj TlY^*^ ^•^> 


T I T I 

IS valuable in it bein^ what the nied to be Sbahfpeare*^ ; and Ra^ 
Author has taken Verbatim from nftnfirofiy in the Epiftle to his Al« 
Shahfpeare, teration of it, too pofirively af- 
*Tisi'iTYSHr'8 A Whori. ferted that it was not originally 
Trag. by John Ford, 410. 1633. Shakefpeari s, but brought by a 
—1 cannot help confidering this private Author to be a^cd, and 
Play as the Mafter-Piecc of this that he only gave fome Mafter 
great Author's Works.— There Touches to one or two of the 
are fome Particulars in it both principal Parts or Ch^radlers.— « 
with Refpe^l to ConduA, Ch'a- ' However, as Theobald, whofe 
ra^er, Spirit and Poetry that Authority in this Refpe£^ I con- 
would have done Honour to the fider as the moft to be relied on» 
Pen of the immortal Shahfpeare has admitted it into his Edition 
hipfelf. — Langbaine has, how- of Jthis Author's Works, I cannot 
ever, pointed out a Fault, which think myfelf entitled to deny it a 
I muft, though unwillingly, Waccv — It is tiue, there is fome- 
fubfcribe to, and which relates to wlk^ more extravagant in the 
a very eflential Point, 'vix, the Plot, and more horrid in the 
Morals of the Play 5 which is, Cataftrophe than in moft of 
his having painted the inceftuous Shaktfpeare'% Tragedies \ ^ bnt as 
Love between Giovanni and his we know that he fometimes gave 
Sifter Atnabella in much too an unlimited Scope to his Ima> 
beautiful Colours ; and indeed, gination, and as there dre fome 
the Author himfelf feems by his Things in the Characters of Ax- 
Title to have been aware of this rotif Tamora and Titui which are 
Obje£lion, and confcioos ihat he fcarce to^ be equalled, I think 
', had rendered thf 1 ail-mentioned we can hardly deny our Homage 
\ CharaCler , notwithftanding all to thofe Stamps of Sterling Merit 
' her Faults, fo very lovely, that which appear upon it, nor our 
tvery Auditor would naturally cry Acquiefcence to the Opinion of 
out with himfelf, ""lii Pity Jbe^i t Critic Co well acquainted with 
tf ^^^or^.x— In Confequence of this ,the Manner of oar Author as 
inceftuous'Pafiion alfo, on which Mr. The»6a/d unqueftionably was. 
■ t\\Q whi^le Plot of the Play turns, —The Scene lies in Rome, and 
the Cataftrophe of it is too (hock- the Plot borrowed, but very 
ihg for an Audience to bear, not- llightly, from the Roman Hilary 
withftanding every RecoUe£lion of the latter Empire, 
•f its being no more than Fie- Titus Akoronicus, or f^ 
tion. Rape 0/ Lavinia, Trag. by John 
'Tis witL IF IT TAKt^i. Crcivft, ^to. 1696.— This is pro- 
Ktd, Amorous O ,l !> Wo- fcffedly an Alteration from SbahJ' 
M^N. peard^s laft' mentioned Playj as 

TiTTLi Tattli, or T<i/?tf is alfo, 
a la Mode. Farce, Anon. 8vo. Titus Andronicus. Tr^g. 
1749.— A Piece never adlcd^ nor by Edw, Ravenjcro/t, -^-ThU Al- 
mentioned any where to my teration from Sbakejpeare is men- 
Knowledge but in the Britifi tioned by all the Writers on thefe 
theatre, Subj^fts j and Langbaine even 
Titus Andrcnic us. Tta^. <^no\t^ V^flTa^es from the Epiftle 
hy ^' Sbakejpeare, 4to. 1999.— ^^ *>^> '^^'^ 's^^ '^^^^ ^"^ \Nfcsv<S« 
Tidt Play has by foms hcen A^- <>5 ^^^ V^^^ ^^^ ^%afi«.\>^\R. ^1\\^ 


T p 

BOr has it ever fallen into my 
Haiids. — All I can collcft of it, 
therefore, in that Refpe£l, iff 
from LangbairCf who mentions it 
to have come out about the Time 
of the Popiib Ploty which was 
in 1678. 

Titus and Bebxnicx. Tr. 
by Tbo, Otway, 4te. 1677. — This 
is a Tranflation, with feme few 
Alterations, from a Tragedy of 
the fame Name, by M. Racine, 
—The Plot is taken from Sueto- 
nius' ^'lAie of 7/V»i, Jofepbus*i 

Wan of the Jews, &c. The 

Scene /?w«^.— The* the Original 
confifls- of the ufual Number of 
A£ls, this Play is divided into no 
more than three, and is written 
in Rhyme. 

T1TU8 Manlius. An Ita- 
lian Optra, 8vo. J717. perform- 
ed at the King^s Theatre in the 
ifaymarket, — The Scene in and 
near Jiome» 

Titus Vxsp A si AN us. Tr. 

by John Cleiand, 8vo. 1 760. 

This Piece is an enlarged Tranf- 
lation from the Cl^menxa di Tito 
of Metafiajio* — It was offerM to 
the Manager of Drury Lane The • 
atrc, who refufed it. — Yet it is 
by no Means dciHtute of Merit. 
ToMBO Chk^^ui, or the A- 
merican Savaze, A dramatic £n- 
tertainment. in three A€ts, by 
John Cleland, 8vo. 1758.— This 
is no more than a Tranflation 
of the Arlequin Sauvage of De 

Tom Esssnci, or the Modijb 
Wife, Com. 4to. 1677. — ^°* 
Mr. Ratvlins is faid to be the 
Author of this Play, which is 
founded on two French Comedies, 
v/«. the Cocu imagifoire of Mo- 
Here, and the D, Cafar itAharos 
of Tho, Comei//e,-^Tht Part of 
Levea/Ps Intrigue with Luce being 
borrowed from the latter, and 
die whole Affair of Tom EJ/hf§ 

T O 

and his Wife from the former, 
or from Sir fT. Davtnanth fifih 
AGt of the Playbonfe to be ktt, 
which is a Tranflation from it. 

Tom Thumb, y'id. Tra- 
gedy or Tragedies. 

Tom ThukIb, A7</. Opera 
or Operas. 

Tome Tylere and his 
Wyfe. a pajing merrie Inter* 
lude. Anonym. 1598.— This Play 
has been attributed, but I believe 
without Foundj^ion , to Ww, 
Wayer. — The Plot of it refembles , 
M. Poifon^s Le Sot venge, and the 
Intent of it is to reprefent and 
humble a Shrew.— .It w?s tc- 
printed in Black Letter in 4(0. 
1661. and in the Title Page ot 
that Edition it is faid to have been 
written and a£led an hundred and 
thirty Years before, 

Tottenham Court. Com. - 
by Tko, Nabbesy 4to. 1638. 
Scene Tottenham Court and the 
Fields about it. 

The Town Fop, or Sir Ti* 
mot by Taivdrey* Com. by Mrs. 
j^lra Bctn, 4to, 1677. — Grcit 
Part of this Play^ not only with 
Refpe€t to Plot but Language 
alfo, is borrowed from Geo. ff^U 
kins^s Comedy, call'd, the Mife- 
ries 0/ Enforced MarriagC'-^SctSkS 
Covent Garden, 

Town Humours, yid, 
VoKNiNG Rambling. 

The Tow nShipts, or Suburb 
Jufiice, Com. by Edw, Revet, 
4to. 1671.— — Langbatne fpeaks 
highly in Favour of this Play as 
an inftru^tive and moral Piece j 
and particularly commends the 
Author for the Signature of one 
of his Characters, vix. Loveweli, 
who, tho' reduced to Poverty, ^ 
not only maintains htndfelf the 
Principles of innate Honeily and 
lAtcgrity, but cswv \.-»kK.<^ ^^-^ 
Pains \iv vYie ^^ttu^^Mv^^Vv^ v^t^ 

T R T R 

and Faithful, to the Pra£lifc 0/ Tragedy op For tun at os. 

the fame. The whole Piece, Vid, BANisk*D Duke. 

according to Coxeter, was begun Tragedy or Love. P^, 

and iflni&cd in a Fortnight. Cyrus the Great. 

Tow i< Sparks, y/d, Eng- Tragedy op Mark An- 

lishJvryar. thony. yid» Antokius. 

Town u nmask'o. Ftd, The Tragedy op Trace- 

Pretenders. dies, or the Life and Death of 

The Toyshop. Farce, by Tom Thumb the Great, ,8vo. 
Kob, Dodjley, 8vo. 1735. — '^^^ 1734. with Annotations by 5m'-^- 
Hint of this elegant and fenfible lerut fecutidus. '^This Piece firft 
little Piece feems built on Ran- made its Appearance in the little 
dolpFs Mufes Looking G/afs, Theatre in the Haym^ket, in the 
Ibe Author of it, however. Year 17 31, inbutoneA£lj but 
has fo perfefVly modernized in the above-mentioned Year the 
it, and adapted the Satire to the Succefs it had met with before 
peculiar Manners and Follies of induced the Author to enlarge it 
the Tiities he writes to, that he to the Extent of three A£ts, and 
has made it perfedlly his own, bring it on the Stage again, firft 
and rendered it one of the juft- in the Haymarket and afterwards 
eft, and at the fame Time the in Drury Lane Theatre. — It is 
beft -natured Rebukes that faihion- perhaps one of the beft Burlefques 
able Abfurdity perhaps ever met that ever appeared in this or any 
with." The Merit of this other Language, and may pro- 
Piece recommended its Author to perly be confidered as a Sequel to 
the Notice of Mr. Pope, who, the Duke of Buikingbam's Re- 
by ftirring up this little Spark of hearfa/,- as it has taken in the 
Genius, then almoft loft in Ob- Abuirditips of almoft all theWri- 
fcurity, Vas the Means of giving ters of Tragedy from the Period 
to the World, not only a Man where that Piece ftops.—- -'the 
whofe «wn Abilities* were fuffi- Scene between Glumdaka and 
cient to entitle him to its warm • Huncamunca is a moft admirable 
eft Regards, hut alfo a zealous Parody on the celebrated Meeting 
Promoter in the Courfe of his between Odawa and Cleopatra in 
Bufinefs of the Caufe of literary Dryden's All for Lon/e, — His Love 
Worth, where ever to be found. Scenes, his Rage, his Marriage^'^ 
as the feveral Colledlions he has his Battle, and his bloody Ca- 
himfelf made for the Preferva- taftrophe, are fuch fttong Imita- 
tion of the Minutiae, if we may tions of the tragic Rules purfued 
fo call them, of capital Merit, by the Writers of that Time, 
and his numerous Publications of that the Satire conveyed in them 
more effential Works bear ample cannot efcape the Obfenration of 
Evidence of,— The Tcy-Jhop was any one ever fo little converfant 
a£ted at Covent Garden Theatre with the Writers of about half 
with v.ery great Succefs. a Century paft.— His Similes are 

Tragedy expelled. J^d, beautiful, yet truly ludicrous. 

Art op Management. and point out ftrongly the Ab- 

Tragedy in'true Taste, furdity of a too frequent Ufe of 

/?//• Distress ,vroN Dx«- that Image in Speech.— In a 

TMZ86, Word, this Piect poiTefles in the 

- higheft 

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highefl Degree the principal Me- 
rit of true Burlefque, viz, that 
while- it points out the Faults of 
every other Writer, it leaves no 
Room for the DifcoveYy of any 
in itfclf. — In a Word, to thofe 
who can reUih the Satire con- 
vcyM in it , it is truly de- 
lightful, and to thofe who do not 
even underftand every Turn of 
its Humour, it will ever appear 
at the lead agreeable. 

Trappolin . suppos'd a 
pRiNCZ. Tragi -Com. by Sir 
yt/hn Cockain, ^to, 1658.! — The 
Author of this Piece borTo^fred 
hi3 Defign from an Jtalian Tragi- 
Cdmedy, called TrajfpoUn creduto 
Princ/fe, which he law twice a£t- 
ed during his RefidenCe at Venice, 
the original Plot of Which, as 
far as it relates to Trappolin in his 
judicial Charader,^ ©"c. is bor- 
fdwed fVom a Story in the Contes 

D*dunnlk. It is, however, a 

fttoftabfurd Piece of Work, every 
Rule of Character, Ph>bability 
and even Poffibility being abfo- 
lutely broken through, and very 
little Wit or Humour to compen- 
fate for fuch Irregularity.— Yet, 
as its Abfurdities are of a Kind 
adapted to excite the Laughter of 
the Vulgar, it has been revived 
at divers Times with little Alte- 
rations and by different Titles, 
and is'eten now a ftandard Farce 
at both Theatres, tho* in a very 
curtailed and mangled Manner, 
under the Title of Duke and 
NO Duke. 

Trapolin's Vagaries, 
ViS. Devil of a Duke. 
The Travels or the 
' THREE Englisb Brothers, 
Sir Thomas, Sir Anthony, ' and 
Sir Robert Shirley. An Hifto- 
tical Play, by John Daye, 4to. 
1607. — Our Author was aiiifted 
in this Play by JV, Rowley and 
Ceo, If }V^/>;.— The real Hiftory 

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of thefe tfiree izmcm& Brethren, 
on which the Plot of this Piece 
is founded, may be feen in Ful- 
fer's Account of the Worthies of 
Sujfcx, and in many of the Eng- 
lijb Chronicles. 

The Traytor. Trag. by 
Ja, Shirley y 4to. 1635.— Scene 
jLo»</o».— This Play was origi- 
nally written by one Ri'vers, a 
Jefuit, biit is greatly alter*d by itte 
pr^fent Author, and highly re- 
commended in a Copy of Verfes,. 
by H^, Atkins, of Gray*S'Jnn, 

The Traitor to himself, 
or Man 5 Heart bis greateft BnC' 
my, A moral Interlude, Anon* 
1678. — This Piece is written ii» 
Rhytce, and is intended to repre- 
fent the Carelefs, hardened, re-, 
turning, defpairing and retfeWed" 
Heart J with Inter- mafques of 
Interpretations at the Clofc of 
each feveral Aft.— ^It was per- 
formed by the Boys of a public 
School at a Brealdng-up, and 
published fo as to render it nfeful 
on the Occafion. — It contains ma- 
ny moral and inl^ruftive Sen- 
tences, well adapted to the Ca- 
pacities of Youths, but has no- 
thing in it remarkable, excepting 
its being written without any 
Woman's Parts, after the Manner 
of Plautus's Captein/ei ; and foe 
this the Authbr (who probably 
was Mafter of the School) affigns 
as a Reafon that he did not think 
Female Charafters fit to put on 
Boys. — ^The Prologue is in P^rts, 
fpoken by four Boys. 

The Treacheries of the 
Papysts, a dramatic Piece, 
by Bifhop 5tf/<?.— — See his own 
Catalogue copied in the Britijb 

The Treacherous Bro- 
ther. Trag. by Geo, Powell, 
4to. 1690 — The Foundation of 
this Tragedy is taken from a Ro- 
mance^ called the Wall Flower, 



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i^tten by Dr. Bailyy as 'will ap- of Writrng docs not feem at all 

pear by comparing the deeping adapted to Comedy, there being 

Potion given to Iftodcs and Se- a peculiar pointed Sentencioufncfs 

mantba in this Play with that ad- in his Stile, which even in Tra- 

miniftered to Honona, Amariffx gcdy, though powerful, has fomc- 

and Hortinfia in the Novel. what of Stiffhefj and Obfcurity 

The Scene lies in Cyprus. — The about it, it is not much to be 

Author being -ail Adlor, two of wondcrM, that this Attempt in 

his Brother Comedians have on the ca fy unreftrain'd Walk of 

tf)is Occafion (hewn their Regard Comedy, great as his- Merit and 

to him; the one, Mr. J^b^ Succefs in the oppoiite Caft might 

HoeigfoHf in a commendatory Co- be, met not with fo favourable a 

py ot Latin Verfes prefixed to the Reception as the Generality of 

P13y, and the other Mr. pr.Me«»N his Pieces, before and fince, have 

fort, by ftfrnifliing it with a Pro- done.— In fliort, it made its Ap« 

logue and Epilogue. pearance at the Tfaeat. Royal ih 

Treacherous Friend. Fid, Drury Lam^ but was damn'd the 

M A R c E L 1 A-. very firft Night. 

The Treacherous Hus- Triple Reveiyce. Vid* 

BAND, Trag. by, Sanu Dcuey^ Spouter, 

^vo. 1737^ — The Author of this Trip to the Jubilsx* 

Tragedy being a Native of Ire^ Vid, Constant Couple. • 

/tfm/^ and our Acquaintance with . The Triumphant Widow, 

tke Tranfa£lio9S of the Jrijb or the Mtdlty of Humouru C«mi 

Theatre being very imperfe£ly I by W, Duke of Newcafik^ 4to. 

know not whether it ^a$ ever 1677.— This >s efteem'd an ex- 

afted.— — It has Jiot, however,' cellent Play, though now never 

inade its Appearance even in Print a£^ed, and Mr. Shad'wtil h^d ib 

in the^e Kingdoms. high ati Opinion of it, that he 

'Trick for Trick,, or the has tranfcribed great Part -of it 

J)ebauch*a Hypocrite, Com. by into his Bury Fair, 

^ho, Durfey,^ 4to. 1678.— This The 'Triumph or Beauty, 

is very little more than a Revival A Mafque, by ya, Sbir/ey, 8vo. 

of Beaumont and FUtebers Monf, 1646. — This Piece is printed to- 

ThomaSf though Mr. Durfey has gether with fome Poems of the 

fcarccly had Candour enough to Author*s, and efteem'd of Icfs 

acknowledge the Theft. Confequence than the Gene- 

Tricks OF Phormio. yiJ, rality of his dramatic Works. 

Phor^ 10. , -—It was written purpotely for the 

.^ Trick t6 catch the private Recreation of fome young 

OLD One, Com. by Tho, Mid- Gentlemen, who themfelves per* 

d/eton, 4to, l6i6. — ^This is an fonated it. — Part of it fecms bor- 

. excellent old Play, and appears to rowed from Lucian^s Dialogues^ 

have been greatly in Vogue at the and part from Sb^kefpeare'^s Mid- 

Time it was written. fummer Ni^hf^s DrMm.^-— The 

Trick to chsai the Subject or it is the very well 

Devil, f'^d. Imposture de- known Story of thz Judgment of 

FEAteb. Paris, 

Trick upon Trtck, or Triumph of Love. Tri- 

Sfvirg Brainlejs, Com. by Aarcn umph of Honour. Tri- 

.fifo!— AstiiisGectlciipan'sTurTi unith 01 Dj^atk, Triumph 

T R T R 

TiMi. Vid, Four PtAYS in The Triumphs of Love 
One. and Honour. Trag. in three 

The Triumph of Time Afts, by T/>p. Coo^, 8vo. 1731. 
AND Truth. An Oratorio, —This Play was aftcd at ihe 
4to. 1757. performed at Covent Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, 
Garden Theatre. but without SuccvTs. 

Triumphs of Bacchus. The Triumph of PxAcf. 
yid, Ariadne. A Mafque, by Ja, Sbirity, 4to. 

The Triumphs OF London. 1633. — This Mafque was pre<^ 
by Elkanab Settle, 4to. 1692. fented before the King and Queen 
performed Oci, 29. 1692. for the at the Banqueting Houfe at /i^/V^o 
Eatsrtainment of theRighrHoD. hall, by the Gentlemen of the 
Sir John Fleet, Knt. Lord Mayor Four Irtns of Court^ on the 3d of 
of the City of jLo«</o«, &d. — Set Feb, 1633. — The Machinery ai^ 
forth at the proper Cofts and Decorations were under the Con- 
Charge of the worfliipful Compa- du£t of I/tigo Jones, and the Mu- 
ny of Grocers, Sec, fie composed by H^, Lawet and 

7'he Tr lUMPHS OF London* Simon Ives, the two greateft Maf- 
by Elk, Settle, 410. 1693. per- ters of that Time. —The 
formed Oil, 3. 1693. for the £n- Maiquers went in a folemn Ca- 
tertainment of Sir ff^m, AJbutft^ valcade from £/y Houfe to ff^btte^ 
Bart. Lord Mayor, &c. at the ball^ and the Author himfelf 
Charge of the Company of Aftr- tells us, that for the Variety of 
chant-Taylors, ' the Shews, and the Richnefs of 

Tiic Triumphs of Loni)on, the Habits, this Mafque was the 
by Elk. Settle, 410. 1694. per- moft magnificent of any that had 
form'd 0<*?. 29. 1694. Sir Thomas been brought to Court in Im 
La':e, Knt. Lord Mayor, &c. at Time. — The Names of every one 
the Charge of the Company of of the Mafquers, with the Houfe 
Clotb-JVorkers. or Inn of Court to which they 

The Triumphs OF London, belong'd, and an Epigiam ad- 
by Elh, SmU, 410. 1695. P^"^" ^^^^^^'d to each, may be feen in a 
form'd Oci. 29. 1695. Sir John little Book, written by Francis 
Jtlouhlon, Knt. Lord Mayor, ^c, Lenton, called The Inns of Court 
at the Charge of the Company of Anagrammatifl, or the Maffuers 
Grocers, to which is added a new maffued in jiMgravmas , 4to« 
Song upon his Majefty's Return. 1034. 

The Triumphs of Lovr The Triitmpk or Peace. 
AND Antk^ui jv. A Mafque, A Mafque, by Rob* Dodjley, 
by Tbo, Middleton, 410. 1619.-— This was written on Ocoafion of 
This Piece is exaflly of the Na- the figning the Treaty of Peace 
ture of the four preceding ones, at Aix la Cbapelle,^-lt was fet ta 
being no mor-e than a Set of Mufic by J>r. Arne, and perform^ 
Speeches addrefs*d to Sir William ed at Covent Garden, 
Cockaine, Knt, then Lord Mayor Vhc Triumphs or the 
of London, in the Courfe of his Prince D*Amour. A Mi(que, 
Cgvalcade to <)nd from IVefimin^ hy Sir f^* Pan/enant, 4to. 1635. 
fter on Lord MayorV Day, Oci, — This Mafque wa$ written in 
29. 1619.— —This Triumph or three Days, at the Requoft of 
Pageant was at the Expence of the Members of the Jmir Tern- 
^e Company of Skiuneru fie, by vhonj it vrai pjrefei\ted 



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for the Entertainment of tht ffeytveod, 4to. 1581. — This it 

Prince Elector at his Highnefs's another Tranflation of the fame 

Palace in the Middle T<mple, on Play, in which, however, the 

the 24^h of Feih, 1635. The Tranflator has taken confiderable 

Mufic of the Songs and Sym- Liberties with his Author.—— 

phonies was fet by MefTrs;* Hen, For Inftance, jie has added three- 

and WilL Lawes,~^Thc Mafijucrs * fcore Lines of his own to the 

Names are annexed at the End of Chorus of the firft Adt ; a whole 

the Piece. • . Scene in the Beginning of the 

The Tr I u m p r s of Tr u t h . fecond, inwhich he inti3>duces the 

hy 7ho, Middletofi, ^to, 1613. — Ghoftof yfri'/'/fei rifing from Hdl 

A Solemnity at the Confinna- to require the Sacrifice of Fo/yxe- 

tion, &c, of Sir Tbo. Middleco/t in tia ^ and. three -Stanzas to the 

the Office of Lord Mayor of Chorus of the faid A£t. — Befides 

London, OB, 29, 161 3. with his which, he has fubftituted a Cho- 

LordHiip^s Entertainment on Mi- rus of his own, in the Room of 

ekaelmai Day, being the Day of that to the third A£b, which, 

his Ele6lion, at that moft famous confifting wholly of the Names 

and admired Work of the run- of foreign Countries, he ima- 

ning Streame from Amwell Head gined would appear, as it really 

into the Cefternc at JJlirgton, is, extremely tedious, 

being the fole Coft, fiff. of Mr, T r o a s. Trag. tranflated 

Hugh Middhton of Lordom, Gold- from Seneca, by 7. 7*. 4to. 16S6. 

"fmith. — This Sir Tko. Middleton —None of thefe Tranrtatioris 

was the Projector of the New were ever intended for the Stage. 

River, (here called the running Troilus and Crxssida. 

"Stream) and not improbably was Trag. by ff^. Sbakefpeare, 410. 

related to our Author, " 1609.— This* is, perhaps, the 

The Tr ruMP H8 or Vir tue. moft irregular of all Sbakefpeare'% 

Tragi-Com. Anonym. 410. 1697. P'^ysj. being not even divided i.n- 

— The Scene of this Play is laid to Afts ; yet it contains an injfi- 

m Naples, and th« comic Parts of nite Number of Beauties. — The 

it feem partly borrowed from Charafters of the feveral Greeks 

Fletcher s Wit without Monty, and Trojans are finely drawn and 

Triumvxrat* or Poxts. nicely diftinguiihed ; and the 

yid. Female Wtts. Heroifm of the greateft Part of 

Tboades. Trag. 8vo. 1660, them finely contrafted by the 

This Piece is published with Brutiflinefs of TherJUes, and the 

Poems upon feveral Occafions, contemptible Levity of Panuarus, 

«nd has the Letters S» P, which '—CreJJidd's Love in the firft Part 

all the Writers explain to be of the Play, and her Inconftancy 

'8am, Pordage. — It is a Tranflation in the Sequel, befpeak the An- 

from Seneca, with a Comment an- thor perfectly acquainted with 

Acxed. — The Scene Troy, the Female Heart ; Troilus'^ Con- 

Troades, or the Royal Cap- viftion of her FaUhood is ad- 

fives, Trag. by Sir Ediv, Sber- mirably condu£led ; and his Be- 

bourne, 4to, 1679.— —This is a haviouron theOccafion, fuch as a 

critical Tranflation, with Re- Lover of- the Complexion he at 

marks, of the fame Piece with firft appears, would naturally fall 

the foregoing. into. — The Plot is taken from 

Tjicm5. • Tiag. by Jaf^er Chaucer"^ Pp^m of Trx,ilus and 


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Creffida, Which was itfelf only a this Piece is cntiicly Inwntsom 
Tranflatlon of a Latin Poem^ not having been borrowed ft«a 
written by one LoHrus, a Letih- any one ; and Lat^haim gives it 
iard. — The Scene lies in Trey a very high Commendation* iay* > 
and the Grecian Camp, alter- ing, that it has as much tme 
nately. Comedy, and the Ckarafbers nnd 

Troilus and CaxssiDA, Humours in it as well dnMK% 4ift 
or Truth found too late, Trag. by any dramatic Piece of that Aft. 
J. Dryden, 4to. 1670. — ^This is — It didnot, however^ aeetw^ 
only an Alteration nt»n Shake/*- Soccefs in the Reprefentalioa.-^ 
fcare\ aCbove-mentioned Play, in The Scene LotidoM, 
which Mr. Dryden has reduced Teuth yovno too x.ats« 
the Piece into a more regular yid, Tkoilus ana Caxs- 
l^orm, lopped off the Redun- sioa. 

dances^ and added ibme Scenes Trvtk, Time awb FAift. 
entirely his own.^ — But how far Vid. Lojn>ON*s GrojiT. ' 
he has improved the Play in A Trtal of CntvAtLniK. 
general, I ihali leave to the Cri- 4to. 1 599«— What this Piece it 
tics, not taking on myfelf in this 1 know noU-'^-^WinJhtnlef and 
Place to determine. PhiJiipt have afcribed it to Min. 

The Ta'oo»KB*s Opkea* jyiayer^ hat Langhaine imgpn^ 
Anonym. 1736.— Whether this it not to be written by that Au- 
Piece has the Length of a com- thor. 

pleat Opera^ or only that of a Tryal or Conjugal Lovi, 
Ballad Farce, I know not, but yid. NisT ow Plays. 
imagine it was never afled, as I Tryal or THt Hkakt. 
find it no where mentioned but in f^d, Abraham's Sacrifice. 
\\i& Sritijb Theatre. Tryal of THE politic 

Troubles of Queen £lt- Ghosts. Vid, Hsll*s high 
zABETH. Ftd, Courtney, Coust or Justice. 
!Earl or DEVONSHIRE. ATryA'I.e or TaEA«i7R«« 

Troubles of Queen £li- An Intvlude, 4to. 1598. 

. ZABETH. Vid, If you know Tetphof. Tr^ by Ri^yr 

kot me, You know No- Earl of Orr^nr, Fol. iByii— llic 

BODY. Hifiory of tnis Vfurper is taken 

^jt Vi V T IfOvE's MiRROUR. from the £rA Book of i^accttAeo^ 

yid. Asthma, . JoffhttSfBook t^f&e. 

The True Trojan's, or Tumble down J>i«k, or 
Fvimus Troet . An Hiilorical Pbnetov in the Stub, Farce, by 
Play, Anonym. 410, 1603.-—*- ^* Fielding, 8vo. l744.-*->Thi8 
This Play contains the Story of little Piece was nEtod at the lit* 
the Valour of the Britons, on the tie Thefire in Lincoln* $-In», and 
HtSt Invafion of their QittBtry by was written in Rtdicnk of an un- 
the Remans, under yuHm, Ceefar* fucceisful Pantomime, performed 
The Plot is takcii- horn Livy, at Drury Lane Hoofe, called the 
effort Commentaries, &e, — It faStfBhaetMm 
was publickly prtfented by t^e Tunbridge WsLia, or^ 
^Gentlemen Students of Jli^tfios /)^*s Court/bit, Com. 4to. 
Colledge, Oxford. 1678.— This Pky has been attri- 

The True Wiodw. Com. buted to Mr, Rawlins, altho* in 
"by.Tbo* Shadwdl.^Tht Ploc of the Tiile Page it is faid to be 


•vritten by a Perfon of Quality.— the^ Expuliion of the Tarqutns \ 
It ^ms intended as a fCind of but was never a^ed. 
Iinitation of Shadtoe/Ts Epfim ATutoh for the Bf a us. 
ffil/s, but falls greatly fhort of Com. by Mr. Ilrwit, 8vo. 1737. 
tbe Merit and Humour of that «»-This Piece w as never brought 
Comedy. on the Stage. — ^The Plot of it as 

TvKBRiDGt Walks, brf^ the Author himfclf coiifed^s, 
Teomen tf Kent, Com. by ' Tbo, is taken pat tly from M. de Boijfy'i 
Baker, 4to. 1703.—- This is an Francois a Londres, and partly 
entertaining and well-conduAed from a Spanijh Comedy. — It isi 
'Play, and contain^ a great deai however, on the whole, a very 
of true Chara^er and ffoifited indifterent Performance. 
Satire.— —But one Circumftance Tw je l r t h-Ni g h t, or What 
•which I hafe h^ard relating to it you noill. Com. by H^. Shake- 
is fomewhat extraordinary, vf«. f^eare^ Fol. 1685. — This Com. 
4baC the Character of Maiden, with Refpe^ to its general Plot, 
which is perhaps the Original of is, I believe, the Author^s own 
alffloft all the Frihhies, Beau Invention; but the Miftakes a- 
Mixent, Sec, that have b€en rifing from K^ia's Change of Ma- 
drawn fince, and in which Effc- bit, and tru^ Rcfemblancc to her 
ininacy is carried to an Height, Brother Sebaftian, feems to owe 
i>eyond what any one could con- their Origin to the Menadmi of 
ccjve to cxift in any Man in real Plautus, which not only Shake- 
"Life, was abfolutely, and without fpearc, but fcveral others of our 
Exaggeration, a Portrait of the dramatic Writers have fincc bor- 
Author's own former Character, lowed from. —There is fonxewhat 
•whofe Underftanding having at fingularly ridiculous and plcafant 
length pointed out to him the in 5ic Chtraftcr of the fantaftical 
folly he had fo long been guilty Steward Malxfolio^ and the Trick 
of, he reformed it altogether in play'd him by Sir Tolfy Belch, and 
his Aibieqaent Behaviour, and Maria, contains gt^at Humour, 
.wrote t^is Chara^r, in order to and fomewhat of Originality in 
fet it forth in the moft ridiculous the Contrivance, which cunoot 
Light, and warn others from fail of affording continual Enter- 
that Rock of Contempt, which tainment to an Audience.— This 
he had himfelf for fome time play has at different Times even 
, been wrecked upon.— The Scene latdy been revived, particular)^ 
lies at Tunbridge, and the Time on I'welfth Night, to which Pe- 
12. Hours. riod, however, it has no Kind of 

The Turkish CovftT, or Reference in any Thing but its' 
. the London ^Prentice, A Bur- Name.— The Scene lies in a CJity 
lefque Satirical Piece, by Mrs. on the Coaft of Jl/yria, 
tatitia Pilkingtoni 1748, — This Twin RxvaIs. Com. by Geo, 
was performed only at the little Farqukar, 4to. 1703. — This Play 
. Theatre in Capel-fireet, Dublin, met with very great Succefs, and 
but was never printed. is faid by the Critics, to be the 

The TuscAK Treaty, or moft regular and complcat of all 
Ttfr^m'*Ovrt-/irow. Trag.Anon. this Author's dramatic Works. 
Sw6, S7^$, This Phy is founded — Yet I muft confefs I cannqt 
vn the Roman Hift^y Cooa al\M xiij^^Vj ^^^\^c^h<>^ that Judg- 

TV/ T W . 

flnentj for altho* it may, per- hunwous Mirth of Dick, Coo uts 

baps, be allow'd that his younger artd Nicholas Proverbs, t%uo 

trou*dbtf Mrs. Midnight and Senuing Men^ ■ > ■ Scene lies in 

Tcagugy arp more .highly drawn London, • 

Chara^ers, than any in his other Two Fobis well met^ 

Comedies ; it will probably appear Vtd, For t uif V Hvhter s. 
on a ftri^t Scrutiny, that they are The Two Gentlemen or 

fo only, bccaufe they are more Verona. Com. hy fV. Shake' 

cut of real Li£e, more oiur/, or jpearei 4to. 1601. ■ ■ This is a 

if ybu plcafe, mora unnatural. — very fine Flay^ the Plot fimple 

There are as many Improbabili* and natural j the Chara£ters per- 

ties in the Conduct of the Plot^ fe£lly marked, and the Language 

(the greateft Fault that can be poetical an4 affefting. The 

laid to FarfMhar*s Charge in ge- FalAood ofProtau t6 his Frien4 

neral) as m almoft any Comedy Falentine and Miihefs yuUa, hit 

he has wrote, and many more Remorie and Self- Reproaches on 

than are to be found In one that Head, and his Converiien to 

much livelier Play of his Wri* Truth,, to Love, and Friendfliip 

ting, viz. The Kccr.uiting afterwards, are admirably con- 

Or p I c E R . — I am not, however, du£ted . — The Chara^ers of f^a- 

for talcing from the Merit of this, lenttne and Proteus are truly gen* 

which inuft be allowM to have, tie, and rendered amiable through-' 

manVvcry great Btauties in it, out all the Tranfa^hons of the 

burl thifik my Opinion of Its not Piece, even in Defpight of the 

belAg the beft Piece he has wrote^ temporary FaUhood.of the latter ; * 

feems to fttnd confirtn^d by one and the Humour of theii two 

of die ftrongeft Proofs pofBble to SertsHts Launte and ^Pf^^» ^^ 

bt brought, which is the peconi- verVbeautifully fet as shades to 

ary Profits of Managers, who the aenfibility and Brilliancy d* 

have never found it fo well worth their more fentimcntal Behaviours 

whik to dire€t the frequent Repe- —-This has been lookM od by 

tition of this Play, as they have, fome Authors to have been the 

and daily do, of the Strata- iRrft Piece that i2>ia.*(j>r^i/'^ wrote^ 

GEM,R£CRuiTiKG OrFicER, if fo, wh^t an amasing Soaf of 

Constant Couple, &c. Imagination did his Genius take 

^ The Twins. Tragi -Com. at its firft Flight ! The Scene 

by /^. /?/i/fr, 4to. 1695. — Lang- fometimes \n yrrona, fometimea 

haine fufpe^s this Play to be in Milan, ^ 

much older than the annexed The Two Harl£<^uins. A 

Date implies it to be ; yet nei- Farce of three A£ls, lamo. ^711. 

thcr the Plot nor Language of it —This Piece was written by M. 

Vre by any Means contemptible, le N06U, and ac^ed by the King*s 

«— The Scene I'a/y. Italian Comedians at PariSf and 

Two Angry Women or afterwards performed at the Tlu 

Ab I NO TON. Com, by Henry in Lincoln* s-Jnn-Fie/dt, by fome 

Porter, 4X0. 1 599.— This Play is French Strollers.— In this Edition 

|iot divided into A^s.— The f^U of it the French, and a bad £»• 

Title runs thus ; A p'eafant Hi- glijb Tranflation, (being merely 
^ory, called, the two angrie Wo" literal) are printed ii\ o^^CkC\^^ 
mea c/ AsiKcroK i with the Pa&es to t^Oa. Q'Oc^tx, ^vsv^^ 

2.x \jLa3L\«»» 

T W T W 

haUtm Opera a^ed at the King*8 Trofe ; which Pradice, as I have 
Theatre in the H^marht, —lYit elfewhere obferved, feveral Poets 
Scene farh» have gone into : but there is one 

Two Maids or M ^or e Particulate in which this Piece 
Cl ACS X. Vid, H X s T o 1 r difters from all other Plays in our 
•r, ftc. own or any other Language, 

The Two Meriiy Mxlic- which, isj it? extending to feven 
u Ainiy tut tbehijf Words wear tbt A€ts, in Oppofition to tKe pofi- 
Carlandm Com. by J, C, 4to. tivc Direction of Horactt with 
i66i. — ^Part of the Plot of this Refpe^l to their Number, who 
Play, via. the promife of Enjoy- abfolutely limfts it to five.^It is 
in«nt given by Dcrigena to Doril- on Tradition, however, only, that 
^1, of his enjoying ner, when he this Piece is ranked amongft 
Aoidd hring her in January a CbatmarTi /Writings, it being 
Hiarlaod, containiog all Sorts of publiihed without any Author*s 
FlcJwery, and it's C«)nfcqtience is Namc,<or even fo much as a men* 
->V>undcd on Boccact*^ Novels, tion of the Place where it was 
J>u, xo, Nirv» 5. which is alio printed, 

the Foundation of Fktcler*s TvaAWNicAt Govern- 
Four P/ays in one, and other Co*' msnt ANATO|f is^d^ ortf Dif* 
medies. — — - The Scene laid In courfe concerning evil CotatfiUors » 
Saxony, Being the Lift and Dea^t of John 

The Two Nob l x Kinsm^ en. tbt Baptift, at^ prejented t» . the 
Tragj-CSom. by Fletcher, 4to« Kin£imoli exctUanme^eBytkythe 
1 6^4 —The Story of this Play is jfutbVf Anoj|):m44te. |6^»—- ^ 
t-fcda from Cbauar^ Palamon This Piece*. b)p tl^ Title, Date, 
and Arcite, or the Kni^hd Tale, and Sttbje£V, may bdu(i«dttd to 
and our Author was ai!i(!ed by convey fome coneealed Meanin|^ 
Zl>ckefpcare. in the Welting of it, not improbably^ being intended to 
toth which Particulacs he ioge- give a fecret Hint to KJag 
huoufly ccnfelTes in the Prologue, CbarUi !• then in the Burning 
»■ ■ -'riie Scene>Dear4A^''i'* out of his Troubles, of the 

Two SosiAS. Fid, Am- Danger he incurred from the 
■?HYTRioN. Counfels of fome abopt him j 

Two Tragxdizs in One. and, indeed, the Story of John 
by RoB. Tarrington, 4to. 1601. -* Baptifi, who loft his Head hy the 
This Piece is written on the Sto • Inftigadon of He^dias, feems £- 
ry of two horrid Murthers perpe- guratively to glance at tbeQojeen'a 
trated not lon^ before} the one of Influence, and the Execution of 
Mr. Beach, a Chandler, in Thames the Earl of Stafford. — The Piece 
Street, and his Boy, conunitted b^ is divided into five (kort A^s, 
Tlo. Mern j the other, of a young which are called Parts, — —The 
.Child, murtbered in a Wood by Scene in yvd^e^. 
two Ruffians, by the Confent of , Tyrannic Lovf, or th 
his Uncle. Roya/ Martyr, Trag. by John 

Two Wise Men, and all Diydcn, 410. 1679. — This Play 
THE REST Fools. A comical is written in Rhyme, yet ha^ 
JHoral, cenfuring the Follies of many Things in it extremely 
that Age, by Geo. Ckapmam, 4to. pleafing. — The Plot of it is foun- 
1619. — The prologue" and Epi- d<»d on Hiftory, and the Scens 
loffiit to this Ptay are written in laid ia Maximin\ Camp, undci 



the Walls of Ajuikia, matic and f octieai Works of thh 

The Tyrant Kino or nnited Father and Son, in a vol, 

Crete. Trag. by Sir Char/n 8vo. 174.6, 

Sedley, I know not whether this Va n e l l a . Trag. Anonym* 

Play was ever a^ed, but am ra- 8vo. 1736. This Piece was 11^- 

ther inclined to believe it was not, ver intended for the Stage ; but 

neither tha^northe Grumbler has a Reference to the Story if 

having made their Appearance in an unfortunate young Lady, wl^o 

Print, til] they were publiflied to- was faid to havp hadan amorous 

gether, with thiB moft of Sir Connection with a certain veyy 

" Ckarkx'^ Works, in z vol. 8vo. treat Pcrfonage, whofe Marriage 

271 9, at the Time of writing this Pie^, 

as it was the public Concern, fo 

* ■ likcwife was it the public Topk 

of Converfation; and gave too bold 

V, a Scope fdr the Tongues and Pens 

of the cenforious and malevolent, 

VA LBN TIN Ian. Trag. by to make free with every Circum- 

Beaumont zi\A Fletcher^ Fol, fiance, that had any .the mpfl <H- 

164^. — This Play is founded on ft ant Reference to the important 

Hiftory, and was a£led at ftrft Event. 

vith confiJcrablc Appjaufe, — ThfeVAtiETr, Com. by ^^ 

It was afterwards revived by the Duke of Netv^aftle, Svo. 1640. 

celebrated Earl of Rocbefler, with —This Play was aCtedwith very 

gre^t Alterations and Amend- ^reat Applaufe, and is printed 

ment-, but not printed till after with the Country Cat tain. 

his Lordfl)ip*s Death, in 4to. Venice preserved, or a 

1 68 r. — Scent R«?OT^. P'et tiifiovereJ, Trag, by 7io. 6t- 

The Valiant Scot. A w^y, 410. 1685. — ^This iVagedj', 

Play, by J. W, Gent. 4to. 1637. ^^^^^ ** at this Time a very fa- 

—For the Plot of this Piece, fee '^onxt. one with the Public, is 

the Scotch Hiftory of Sir Win, borrowed, with Refpc^f to the 

Wallace, Plan of it at Icaft, from a little 

The Valiant Welch MAN, Book that relates the Circum- 

or the cbronicla Hiftory of the Life ftances of the ^fanifh Confpiracy 

and'valtant Deeds e»^ Caradoc the at A^mV* — It has been remarked 

Great, Kin^ of Cambria, nc^o of it, however, tho' on the whole 

calkd Wales. Tragi - Com. by the Incidents are interefling, and 

R, A, Gent. 4to. 1615. — ^The the Cataftrophe affeding, that 

Plot of this Piece is taken fronj there is not one truly valuable 

Tacitus' s Annals, Book 12. Af/7- Character in the whole Piece, 

/oVf Hiftory of £»f/tf»</, &c. except that of Belvidera, The 

Vanquished Love, ot the Scene lies in ^««/V?. * 

Jeakui ^een, by Mcfl*. Dan, Bel' Venu^ and Adonis. A 

lamy, fen. and jun. — Whether Mafoue, by C. Ci'^r, 8.vo. 17 15* 

this Piece is Tragedy or Comedy, —This Piece- was prcfented at 

it is not very eafy to determine by the Theatre floyal in Dru^yLone, 

the Title 5 tho' it feems to carry with noverygreat^SuccWs.— TKt 

with it moft of the Air of the Mufic by X>f.Pe^fih. The 

former. — It was never aftcd, but Scene in xhtJdsllaii Woods. . ' 

ispubliftcd with the other 4ra- A vbay «oob WiFi. C«n. 

Z 1 hH 


by G$o* Powe/fp 4to. 1695/ C«*- tlce in his Accufation> both, Plays 
eter fays, that whole Pages of being ^oally borrowed from the 
this Play are borrowed from Rich, Ipbigenie of Racine, — The Epi- 
J&romc\ but which of thut Au- logoe by Mr. Cibber, 
thor's Pieces have undergone this Virtuous Lovi, Trag. by 
Plagiaxy, I know not, having ne* fTnu ff^a/ker, 4to. X69S. — This 
Ter fecn this. — « The Prologue is Play is a Kind of Imitation of 
vrritten by Congreve, and the Soutbernis Oroonoko. — The 
SctAe lies in the Park, Author wrote it at nineteen Yearf 
A TZRY W0MAN9 or the of Age, and a£led a Part in it 
^ritue of Tarent. Tragi-Com. himfelf. — The Scene is the Ban- 
by Phil, MajfrngoTy 8vo. 1655.— »a or Palace of Tombult, — The 
The Author in his Prologue cob« Time, the fame with that of the 
-lefles this Play to be founded on Reprefentation. 
a Subje£^, which had long before The Village Opera, by 
appeared upon the Stage, but does Cba, Johnfon, 8vo. 1728. — This 
not tell us what Piece it was bor- is one of many Imitations of 
.lowedfrom ^yetonaComparifon the Biggar's Opera, and 
of this Tragi Com. with Sir /if- made its Appearance the Seafoo 
ton Cociain'B Obstjnate La* after that Piece. It is far from 
DY, their Plots will be found fo being devoid of Merit, yet met 
nearly refembling, that it muft with very indifferent Succeie. 
appear probable they both derived The Villa:^n. Trag. by 
their Hints from the fame Ori- 72>o. Porter, 4to. 16S3. — This 
f inal.^^The Scene Sicily, Play was a6ted at the Duke of 
Vespasian. An Italian O- TcrVs Theat. for ten Nighls 
P^w, by Sig. Nicolao ■ Francffco fucccflively, to croMV'ded Audi- 
iJaym, 8vo. 1724. performed at encas, which at that Period was 
the King's Jbeat. in the Hay ^neeting with very great Succefsu 
market, —This Piece, as well as — ^It is in itfelf a very good Piece, 
the other Italian Operas I have yet owed great Part of its good 
taken Notice of, are inferted in Fortune, to the excellent Perfor- 
this Work from their havingbeen mance of Mr, Sandford,' in tbe^ 
prcfentedbefore£«f//^ Audiences, Part of Maligni, the Villain, and 
yet the Arguments of the Scenes of Meflieurs Betterton and Price, 
only are in our own Language. in thofe of }Aon{, Brifac and Co- 
Vice KXChAihCtiyOTjLbiPaJ- ligfii the Scrivener's Son. — The 
JioKOte Miftrefi. Com. by R(cbard Scene Twrj. — The Epilogue by 
mikinfin, 4to. 1703.— Tho' this Sit fF, Davenant, 
play made its Appearance at a Vintner outwijted. 
very difadvantageousSeafonofthe yid. Lovz and Revenge. 
' .^ Year, it met with very gpod Sue- Vintner's Triumph. ^^. 
'*^ €efs. — It is aot, however, now Impostors detected. 

ft^.ed*. The Scene lies in Xe/iii««. The Vintner trick'd. 

,;liieTime twelve Hours. Farce, by //. ^^r^/, 8vo. This i» 

The Vxc TIM. Tr. by Cbarlis nothing more than the Angle Plot 

J^hnfon, 4to. 17M.— Mr. Boyer, of the Vintner and Sharper, ex- " 

in ^he Second Edition o£ his ji- trafled from the Match in Ne^* 

,KbiUei, cliargei our Author with g*ite, and made int^ a Farce. 

JPlagiary from that Tragedy, but This Plot is itfelf borrowed horn 

l(^f6i fai^^t ice ovu(lk.WC« AlilUgntb aad Cocklukmty in. 


MiurpwCi Dutib Cetuiexan, who has even hinted at this Te« 

VioLKNCK OF LovE. P^J, Ty Stoty \ti hh Fair Peniutttf had 

Rival Sisters. not undertaken the Ta/k ; and 

Virgin her owk Rival, giv^ us, by that Means, as fre- 

yjj. Modern Wife. ^ qucnt Occaiion of fympathiling 

ViRGiNiA. Trag, by Mr. with the Diftrefs of a Virgtnia^ 

Crifp, 8vo. 17C4.— This Trage- ai wc have at prefent of weeping 

dy is built on the celebrated Story f )r a Juliet or a Defdemona, a - 

of ^r^/Wtti's killing his Daughter Jaue Short or a Califla* — The 

to preferve her from the Luft of Scene lies in Ronti, 

Apfiui the Deceiver. —— The Virginia. Trag. by Mrs. 

Scene lies in /^Mn^, and the Time Brooke, Svo. 1756. — This Play, 

is nearly that of the Reprefen- confidering it as written by a La- 

tation.— It was a£ted at the Th. dy, is far from being devoid of 

Royal in Drury Lane with fome Merit.— It was not, however, 

Succeis, and indeed not undeferv- brought on the Stage. 

cdly. — Vet it is by no Means to The Virgin Marttr, 

le tanked as a iirft Rate Trage<fy^. Trag. by PbiL Majpmger, 410. 

Nor has it been without foqpe 1622. — Our Author was aflifted . 

Degree of Surprize that I have by Decker in the Writing of this 

frequently obferved, that, altho* Play. — ^The Scene lies in Cafgria, 

this Story is, perhaps, in itfelf, and the Plot is from the Marty- 

and, with no other Circumftances rologics of the tenth Perfecution 

than thofe which the HiAorians in the Time of Dioclefan and 

have plainly related in Regard to MaximtH, particularly Eufebmis 

it, moft truly Dramatic, and form- Hift, Lib. 8. Cap,* 17. Rofwe^ 

ed as it were to be the Subje^ dius, Vakjiui, &c. 

of a Tragedy, the beft of any we Virgin Martyr. Fid, 

meet with throughout the Grffi Injur'd ViRTUt. 

or Reman Hiilory; yet no one The Virgin Prophetess, 

of the many Writers who have or the Fate $/ Troy, An Opera, 

hitherto fixed on it with that hy Elk, Settle, 4to. 1701. — ^This 

View, have fo far Aicceeded in Piece was performed at the The- 

the Execution of the Defign, as atre Royal.— The Plot is on the 

to. furni/h us with a capital or Story of Cajfandra^ and the Scene 

flandard Play on the Subje€L-~ in troy and the Grecian Camp b«- 

Perhaps, indeed, this Failure may fore it. 

in fome Meafure have arifen from The Virgin Queen. Trag, 

their having all deviated from, by Rich, Barford, Svo. iy29.-« 

.or added Circumftances to, a Sto- Atled at the Theatre Royal in 

ry^ which was in itfelf too fim- Lincoln* s-Inn-Fields, - ■■ Scene a 

pie, and yet, ai the fame Time, Room in the Royal Palace of 

too compleat to be advantaged Sufeu 

by any Alteration.— How much Virgin unmasjc'o. J^d, 

\% it to be lamented, that theim- Old M/ln taught , Wis- 

mortal Shakefpeare, who had in oom. 

fo many Inftances made Hiftory The Virgin Widow. Com, 

his own I or that the pathetic hy Francis S^arlei, ^0, 1649.— 

Rotve, whofe Merit in Scenes of This Piece,wliich is the only di;a- 

domeftic DiftreCs, and the Con- matic Attempt of our Author^ ii 

ivL^ of hiftorital Incidents, U4 rather ao Intorludc tEaa a rcgylar 


riay, and was not brought on the frequently Men of (hallow Ab!- 

Stage at any of the Theatres ; lities, and capable of Minutcnefs 

from the Information, however, only, into a thoufand Abfurdi-^ 

of the Stationer, we learn, " that ties, which, in this more ea- 

•• it had been fomcfimcs, at lightened Age, where every one 

** Cht/fca, privately a£ted (by a auumes the Liberty which Na- 

** Company of young Gentlemen) tare has beftowed on Kim, ofen- 

*' with good Approvement. quiring an(f thinking for himfelf. 

Virtue bet»ay*d, or tnofe ufcful Inveftigations of the 

Anna BulUn, Trag. by John Proceedings of Nature have be- 

Banks, 4to. 1682. — This Play come entirely cleared from.— It 

met with great Succefs at its firft met with great Approbation, 

Reprefentation, more particularly more efpcctally from the Univcr- 

becoming a Favorite with the fity of Oxford i and Langbeine, 

Fair Sex.— In ftort, it has that in Ms Account of this Play, givjs 

Kind of Merit which the mod its Author this Comnfiendatlon, 

of this Author's Pieces poflefs, ** that none fince yonfcns Time 

<v/x. A Happinefs in the Cho'ce *' had ever drawn fo many dif> 

of its Story, and a pathctical «* ferent CharaAers of Humours, 

Manner of condufVing tht Plot, ** and with fuch Succefs."— Scene 

which fcldom fails of engaging London, 

the Hearts, and drawing Tears The Virtuous Octavia. 

from the Eyes df the Audience, Tragi-Com. by Sam, Brandon, 

even in Defpite of the greateft iimo. 1598 — ^The Plot of t^is 

Deficiency both of Poetry and Play is taken from Suctonius^s 

Nature in the Language.— It has Life of Augujhn and P/utarcb^s 

not, however, made its Appear- Life of Mar: Antony, — It is virrit- 

ance on the Stage for many Years ten in alternate Verfe, with a 

pail. Chorus at the End oi each A^ j 

Virtu fc in Dancir, Vid, and, at the End of the whole^ 

lliLAirsi* aie printed two EpifUes between 

Virtue REWARnsn. Pld, Oc?tfv/tf and he* Hufband JVf. ^. 

Irish Hospitality, tony, written in Imitation of 0- 

ViR'fus REWARDED. Vid* v/^s Manner, but in long yfiSur- 

Pamela. andrine Ver(e, — This Play was 

The Virtuoso. Com. by never aft ed, yet it feems to have 

Tbo, Shadwe/I, 4to, 1676. — This been held in fbme Eftimaticn 

Play contains an infinite Deal of from two commendatory Copies 

true Humour, and a great Vari- of Verfcr which are prefixed to 

ety of Characters, highly drawn, it ; and fp high an Ch>inion does 

and perfeftly original , particu- Its Author appear to have had of 

larly thofe of Sir Nicolas Gimcrack its Merit, that, bciides his Pri- 

and Sir Formal trifle, which had fofofiia ai Ltbro^ at the Begin- 

been hitherto untouched upon, ning of the Book, he has con* 

though of a Kind that were very eluded the whole with this pre- 

frequent at that Period, when fumptuous //^/^ti Sentence, L*wif- 

the Studies of Natural Hiftory ^ua non tgmo de reterno Otlt'o.'^ 

and Experimental Ph\\o(bpKY> An Inftance among many of the 

being then but in thcit Infancy V^tCw-^ o^ Km'Cww^^ >«Ko flatter 

in thefe Kingdoms, hurticd.tVit tVvcmfc\vtL%\Tv\ftWi\tcvAt^wi'Vm- 

Prf^cObn i>f them, ^Vio ^W motXa^vV!> >«\wviV ^.^V^s^^-^ 


i^inaUs even befove the CJoTc of ttic twelve O^defies, the Figure 
their moital Exiftence, much of thofe Bleffings which the Na- 
lei's extends beyoiuU hi as is the tion enjoyed in Peace under the 
Cafe with this Writer, who. Reign of King James 1.— 'Power 
DOW, in a Century and half, has being reprefented by yuno, Wif- 
found that Obliidon which he dom and Defence by Fatlasy and 
thus fets at Defianee for Eternity, fo of the re(t-^This and the ma- 
ib entirely overwhelming his ny other Compliments paid to 
Works, that, excepting in the that weak and pedantic Monarch 
Records of a few Writers, who by the Poets and other Writers 
have taken on thcmfelves the of that Time, are a Proof how 
perpetuating thoCe Particulars, his conftant an Attendant Flattery is 
.very Name lives not within Re- OQ Greatnefs^ and how iktte 
membranco.— — The Scene in Judgnwnt is to be formed of the 
Rome, real Churaders of Princes £rom 

• The Via T we V 8 Wipi, or the Praifut fo laviihly beftowed 
Good Luik at Ufi. Com. by 7^. on them by their Cotempovaries ; 
J^ftf, 4to. i6So.— This is i|S Ablations being as duly paid to 
entertaining a Comedy as any the worft as to the b«ft, and a 
whicb this Author has written $ Ntro and zCaHguia being as high' 
yet IS \k%- not estiuely free from ly exalted by the Flatterers of 
I'Ufiary in it» gating barrdtwcd thdr own^ Tiztfes aa a VRhu or an 
ilvcral. Hint! fiiom hbrfoiCs jfiNmnit* 
Anov, aMUneCjMnAetof^iMi- yivs«B8. Trag. by Nick, 
firthtmi^^^Bal^mti^ixiBt^ Rewe, 4to. 1706.— The Scttfe 
dmU iifkrmi^ 4 U JfitAk' Tfe of (hk Play it laid in i«^«, and 
Scant \kt% HI Ckiifyf* the Plot borrowtd item th» 9- 

The ViaiAM o4r Pus<i»ir. 4|^-4lWMaacd at the QJs 
llJUi^nu iy Mm yoiifm^ M* Theattttft tkt Ht^marht^ wkh 
i64J > <« I ff t fe^nA at GflMit k 8i4cce(ft^ but it net the bcA of 
Chrijknsh l^tf* • ' , ^M Authot't Plecet.-«*-«It it 

^ The Vxt&oir »jr the iemetines prefe&tM at the Thc- 
Twacvf GoDOistss. Mafqa£, atret in BuhHn^ but has not been 
by Sam^ Danitf, 4ta« 161 3*-^ a^ed in Loadtn lor fomc Years« 
Presented by the C^n and her UNiqjvAL Match. Vid* 
Ladies at Ham^tenCowt on the Injuu'd PaiNctss. 
Sth of January.^^^'^Thia Piece UNFoarvKATi Covvlx, 

was at firft unwarrantably pub- KiJ. Novelty. 
liihed without the Author*t Leave, Un poxtvnatk Dutch- 
from a fpurioas aad incorre£l ass. Ftd, Dvtchiss op 
Copy, which had been by fooie Malfy. 
Means, oi;- . other procured by an The UNf'ORTVMAi^x Lo- 
indifcreet and prefumptuous Pria- vers. Trag. by Sir ff^m. Dm- 
ter$ which obliged the Author, vepattt, 4to. x643.-<"'Scene Fe- 
in order to wipe off the Preju- rona, 

dice which both the Ma/que and The Ukfortunati Mb- 
the Inv.niionhad fuflTeied from TUxa. Trag. hy Tho,- Nab^, 
t lat Edition, to republiOi it from 4to. 1640. — This Play was never 
his own Copy.— The Defign of a^d, but fet down according to 
the Piece is to repreCent, under the intenl^oii oi >2b& K^qjCcax \ ^x. 
the Shapes, Sitid in the Perfoas of it ha« tVvxt^ fc?i«2lt»«Mi«sAaswr| 

Copies of Verftt pfefired to It, fevei^l Copies of Vcrfcs whUfa 
and a Proeme in Verfc ty \he •« prefixed to it in Compliment 
Author^ juftifying it to be \<'rit- to the Author, all take Notic* 
ten actording to the Rules of of his being very young. — The 

Art. T he Scene lies at the Scene Badrianople, 

Coutt of Ferrard,^-^Langbainey by The "Unb^appyFavoriti, 
feme, Miftake or other, has called ot tke Bar! of EJfex, Trag. by 

it the Vnfertttnate Lomr, J^^^ Banks, 410. 1682.—' This 

* The Unfortwnate Shbp^ Tragedy is pofTeflfed of the fame 

MSI10. Trag, by Jahft Tutchin, Kind of Merit, with the /'/rrwV 

Ivo. 1685. hetray^d of the fame Author 

The UNFotTVKAf* Usu»- (which fee above) and it met 

rxiii Trag. Anon. 4to. 1663. vith the fame Succefs, having 

•—The Scene lies at C^nflantinopit^ conftantly a vtry ftrong Infloence 

and the Plot of it is hiftorica^ on the tenderer Paflions of the 

being founded on the Story of Audience, — The Prologue and 

Anoronicvs CoMNtNvs.— >rt Epilogue were both written by 

is not, however, fo good a Play DiyJen^—^Tht Scene lies in Left" 

»s fflffta'a on the fame Subjeft </o».— How far other Englijb Au- 

(which fee in its Place) yet has thors have fucceeded in the Pro- 

fome Merit in a Parallel drawn fecution of the fame Deiignf may 

in A^ 5. Scene S. between thoA: '0e feen uiider Ear! of Es<xi^. 

Times and the Period of the H^ —Vet thu« much miift be co»- 

belKon ind CivU Wars of Oirr/^f fffs'il in Honour to Mr. Btf«*», 

the zft'fl Reign. ' ^ that iSotfa jFowm tnd lfrv^« b^d 

UKPojtTUNATvs. Vid* Ba- -^en gi««tly obliged to his Pla^, 

yitH^D Dvxi. both of them having' not only 

The UNOftATsrvL Fatp- 'Very neaf^ followed him in his 

mTB. Trag. Anonym. 4(0. -Hot and Conduct, but hariog 

16^^-i^Thii Phy is fa:d to be -even adopted his veiy Thoughts, 

/written by a Perfen of Honotir 5 and in many Places copK^ vhole 

but I do not ilnd it was ever aded. t^uiods^ frtim lilm.— Twd Trench 

The Scene is laidjn Naples^ and Writers, - vm, Monf. Ca^enade 

the Plot may be traced in GvrV- and 7» CMmeilU^ and one Italian 

dardifiiy and other of the Italian Audtor, have written dramatlt 

Hiftorians. Pieces on the fame Stoa^, which 

Unhappy C0NQ.UIR0R. ^</. is perhaps as well adapted to the 

Neglected Virtue. Theatre as any Incident in the 

• The Uk HAPPY FAIR Irene, Engli/b Hi^ory, 

the Tragedy of, • by Gilbert Stviv- 'Vnt tJN H a p p Y K i N D n l s s, 

hoe, 4to*. 1658. The Plot of or A Fruitlefi Rewnge, Trag. by 

this Play is founded on the Tur^ Tho, Scott, 4to, 1697. — This is 
tf/b Hiftory, in the Reign of only an Alteration* of Fktcher*s 
Mabanet I. yet is probably bor- ^ifs for a Month ; in which, 
rowed from one of Bandello*% however, the Character of the 
Novels, ^here the Story is told Wife in provoking the Hu(band 
•t large, as it is alfo by fVin, to eafe her of her Maidenhead, 
Painter f in his Palace of Pleafurc, is confidcrably heightened and 
Nov. 40.— ^Tlie Play is but an tmprov''d. — The Scene lies in 
indifferent one, yet may in ibme Naphi, 
McMi'i^ ftznd excused, as three 



0fiUAPFY MAftiiiAGB. Vid, bout a League diftant from l^^rMiu 
Orphan. in framce. 

The Unhappy PiNiTrNT. The Unnatural Combat, 
Trag. by MTStQub.Trotb£r> 4!to. Trag. by PhiL Majir^er, 4to, 
J701.-— The Scene France. . , 1639.— This Tragedy is a very 
Union op the Clans, admirable one> and may be ef- 
Vid, Highland Fajr. teemed as one of the ver^ beft of 

Universal Ga l l-ant. this great Author's Pieces.— The 
F^id. Different Husbands. Accuf^tions of the Father againft 
The Univeesai. Passion, his own Son^ thro* an apparent 
Com. by yames Miller^ 8vo, Zeal for the public Service, are 
1734.— This Play met with good artfully and gloriouAy bandied, 
Succefs ^ beiijig brought on the and at the iame Time, the Re* 
Stage before the Author had in- fentments of the Son againft that 
currM that Indignation from the Father for fome horrid Crime, 
Town, which Come of his later which the. Author has delicately 
Pieces fo feelingly experienced the avoided any perfed Explanation. 
Weight of. -wThe Approbation it of, yet left it within the Reach, 
met with, however, was no more of Conje^iire, are raifed to a 
than, a juft Tribute to the im» Height of Heroifm, which makes 
jnat^dX Sbakefpeare, from whom us almoft forget the criminal Ap* 
all its chief Merit is derived, it pe^rance of a Son's pointing his 
being ' no more than an Altera- Sword againfl a Parent's Bofom. 
tion of that Author'* Mu^ ado — TheConfequencesof theCom- 
about Not'yiTtg'y which, having bat are affecting and finely fup- 
been itfelf revived and frequently, ported.— The Language, through 
performed within thefe few Years, the whole, is nervous and poe- 
this Comedy has confcquently tical, and t|ie Characters ftriki;]g 
been quite fetafidc.— ./f'/^/Wc^ has and ftrongly mark'd ; yet, if the 
by Miftoke, called it an Altera- Piece can be faid to have a Fault, 
tion of ylirs well that ends well, it is fome Kind of Incompleat- 
Thc Unjust Judge, or nefs in the winding up of the 
^pftius and yirginia. Trag. hy Cataftropbc.— This, however, is 
Ibo^ Betterton, 4to. 2694. — This greatly recompenfed by the Beau* 
is only JVebfter* s j^iut and Vtr' ties I have before -mentioned; 
giniA, altcr'd and more fitly a- and I cannot help thinking that, 
dapted to the Stage by the above- with very little Alteration , it 
named Gentleman. ipight be rendered a valu* 

Unlucjcy Amoub. Fid.Siti able Acquifition to the prefent 
CiDDY Whim. Stage.— It has neither Prologuo 

TheUNNATUBALBa OTHER, nor Epilogue, ** having been com- 
•trag. by Dr. Edw, Fi/hter, 4to. " pofed" (to uib the Author's 
1697.— —This Play is on the own Words) <* at a Time when 
w hole heavy, cold and enervate, <* fuch By-Ornaments were pot ad- 
yet is not without fome PaiTages ** vanced above the Fabrick of 
that do great Honour to the Un- << the whole Work."— From 
derftanding and Senfibility of its which Paflage we may, by In-« 
Author. — The Plot is from the ference, difcovcr nearly at whtit 
jcclebfated Romance o£Cafandra,^ jPeriod ^efe Bj'OrnamentSf as he 
Aod (he ^ceof lies at a Caille 9r ca^^ thtnii came iSiXo- that ge- 


neniVCt in which diey ba^e dc« to taft on CamMen*t Britannia in 

I'cended down to our own Timrs* her iecond A6I. — The Prologue 

-—The Scene lies at MarfeiSa, and ^pilogoe are written by the 

. The UwnatubalMothsk. Duke her HiHband, 
Tng. Anonym* 4to. 1698.—- Untrussing a nvMoaovs 

This Play was written by a young P o 1 t . Vid, Satykomas- 

Lady...Tbe Scene Is laid in L^o, tix. 

a Province in the KJrgdom of Vol pone, or tbe Fox, Com, 
Shn, iind Come Part of the Plot by Ben Jonfon, 4to. 1605. — This 
it borrowed from Sittli's Prineefi Comedy it ioincd by the Critics 
^Perjta, particoUu4y Babbameay% with the Mhtmiji and SiUntfFo^ 
being put on a Couch with a man, BstheCicfd'Oeuvmof^ii 
black Slave, and there found celebrated Poet i and indeed, it 
aHeep, which is the very fame is fcarcely poflible to concehre a 
with the Incident of Clevmira Piece more highly finiflied, both 
and yirarta in that Play.— ^i7* in Point o^ Language and Cha- 
ghr^ finds great Fault with thit raAer, than thit Comedy.— —? 
Tragedy, and exclaimt loudly »- The Plot is perfe^y oiiginal, 
gainft the public Tafte for the and the Circumf^ance of Vo&owe't 
Socceft it met with, and againft taking Advantage of the Vici- 
the Author, for having >drawn, oufnefs and Depravity of the Ha- 
In the Charadier of Cailapeta the man Mind in others, yet being 
Unr.atural Mother, fuch a Fiflure himfelf made a Dupe to the Sub- 
of Vice as ntvtr was parallerd in tilty of his Creature Mofca, is ad- 
Nature> or if it was, ought rather mirably conceived, and as ini- 
to have been e»poAd on a public mitabiy executed.-— Yet, with all 
Gallows than exhibited on a pri- thcfe Pcrfeftions, this Piece does 
vate Stage.—- The Author of the and ever will fhare the fame Fate 
Britijb Theatre, }Vhincep and %- with the other Dramatic Works 
nb have all, by Miftake, called of its Author, v/z. that whate* 
this Piay the Unfortunate Mother^ ever Delight and Rapture they may 
though the laft-mentioned Au- give to the true Critic in hisClo* 
thor has it in hit Index by the fet, from the Correftnefs exerted 
proper Title. - ■ In his Work, and the Erudition difplayed in 
therefore, 'it was probably no them; yet, there ftiU xuns thro* 
more than an Error of the Prefs, them all an unempaflioned 
overlock*d and uncorre^t^ by the Coldncfs in the Language, a la- 
Author I an Srror, however, boured Stiflfneft in the Condu^^ 
^ich tne other two Writers li- and a Deficiency of Incident and 
terally copied withoilt giving Intereft in the Cataftrophe, that 
themfelves the Trouble to make robs the Aoditor in the Repre- 
farther Enquiry about it.— ——A fentation of thofe pieafinf;, thofe 
'Hint by the bye how Kttle De* unftctountaUe Seniations he con- 
pendance is to be had on their ftantly receives from the Flafhct 
Authorities. .of Nattire, Paffion and Imagina- 
TheVKHATVK AL Tk AOBBY* tion with which he it frequently 
by Margaret 'Dviehe& of Nnveaf" fbfuck, not onW in the Writings 
tU Fol. i66«.—— There it no- of tbc v^equiXLd Sbak^f^eare, bat 
thing very particnlar in thit PUy^ even in thofe of Antfaors, whofe 
^Bther ^an fi»meCenibrtt whidi Fame, either lor Cenius or Ac- 
hgr ijrue has taken Occafion t9 cmacy, it mMcmm (o be ranked 



Vrith that of thfc Bard under oifr Afiairl^ and Family Interefts I 

{>refent ConfideratioB. — ^To write and that, in Perfens totaU/ kno- 

to the Judgment il one Thing, rant^ not on!/ of the Procecdinf^ 

to the Feelings of the Heart an* of a Miniftryf but eren of adf 

'iSHhtt ; and it wiH confequenf^ of thofe Springs, by which the 

Be found, that the Comedies of Wheels of Gomnment ought t9 

Gbber, Vanbru^ and CwgrtFoe^ be actuated. — The Chara^ers 

will, on the Dtdei repetita, af- employed to point out the Sidt. 

ford an Increafe of Pleafure to culoufneic of this Pafion, «ro 

the very fame Audiences, who an old UphoIRereiv whO| at tii9 

would pals over even a fecond Rs- very Time whdn a Statute ot 

prefemation of any one of Jon* Bankmf rcy is iiTued afainft hin^ 

jm^z moft celebrat^ Pieces, wi^ Ibews no Concern for nimfelf or 

Coldnefs and Indifference. hiv Family, but condoles himfelf 

The VoLt^MTZEES, or the with the Confideration that hi4 

Stock - Jobbers* Com. bv Tb; Name will be read in the News* 

Sbadwet, 4to, 1693.— This Co- papers, together with thofe of th^ 

medy.was not aded till after the leveral Princes of Smrcft, yet i# 

Author's Deaths and is dedicated breaking his Rei^ Night and Daf 

by his Widow to Q^n Maty, with Anxiety for our. Gertun 

—The Hint of Sir Timotfy Caf- Allies, and layii^ Schemes ior 

tril in it feems to have been bor> the Payment of the National 

rowed from Fletcher* % Little French Debt y — a bedlamite Barber, wh^ 

L/nt^^r.— The Prologue by Mr. leaves has Shop, and a Cu^omur 

Durfey, in it half fhav d to communicmtf 

The Vow BRIAKER, or the to his Neighbour the oxninoup 

Fair Maid of Clifton in Notting- Gravity of a gyeat Man's Btttle% 

tatn/hire, Trag. by Tf^m. Samp- whom he had fliavM that Mom^ 

/5», 410. 1633.— This Play met ingj — and an hireling political 

with very good Succefi.— — The Scribbler, who, thp* retained 09 

Plot cf it feems to be founded on l>oth Sides, betrays his ](gnoraao» 

Fa£t ; and Lar.gbaine tell us, that of the , Mcani|ig of the veiy 

he remcmber*d to have fecn, in Terms of that Jargon he fo la* 

his younger Days, a Ballad com- vifiily pours forth to confound th« 

posM on the fame Subje£l. UnderAandings, and corru{ft th,^ 

The Upholst£r£r, or/i^^ Principles of Readers as.ignoraaft 

iVft<;i f Farce, of two A^s. by as himfelf.— -Thefe Characters, it 

A» Murphy f 8vo. 1758.; — This is true, arc fonjewhat 0^«/vi and 

Piece met with very good Sue- touched up in the moft glaring 

cefs, and indeed dcrervedly^ as Colours; yet, as th^ Sccnn m 

it, with very great Humour, ex* which they are introduced hat* 

pofes the Abfurdity of that infa- great £f!e^, b^ng truly cdbiIb 

tiable Appetite for News, fo pre- and entertaining, tlus can fcarceljr 

valent among Mankind in geno- be confid^red as a Fault, fiock 

ral, and that Folly, which ieems Follies of this Nature caft fudi a 

in {(fmt Meafure peculiar to our Dimnefs before the Eyes of th«^ 

own Nation, of giving Way to PoiTedbrs, as is not to be «leaT*d 

an abthrd Anxiety for the Con- away, nor themieives brought tb 

cerns of the Public, and the ies< them at all, butty the AHl^ 

Tranfe^ions of the various Po- ance of magnifying Claifes.— *ip 

tentates of the World, even to ihort, till we can make Fools 

the Negledl and Ruin of domeftic A 4 laugk 


laugh at their own Folly^ there 
can be no Hopes of therri>eing 
cur*d of it ; and tho* their Hides 
inay happen to be io tough that a 
Feather cannot tickle there, yet 
a Curry Comb may chance to 
make them feel the fame %tvi' 
fation, aiid produce the £fi^6l 
defir*d. - - 

The Usfrarsx. Trkg. by 
J?i*w. Hawariy 4to. i66S.-^Thc 
Scene of this Play lies in Sicihf 
and the Plot is founded on the 
Story of Damocla the Svracufafif 
under whofe CharaQer> it is I'up^ 
pofed, the Author intended to 
|)oint that of Oli'ver Cremw/l, 

The Usurper pxtectbo, 
br Rigbe wfli ^rfv^i//.— There is 
feme Confufion in Regard to this 
Piece, which I know not well 
hbw to tmravd> having never met 
•with it myfelf. — The Author of 
the Brttijb Theatre has mentioned 
« Play with both thefe Titles, 
which he calls a Tragi-Comedy, 
mnd gives it the Date of 1660.— 
From which Date, and the Pur- 
ijort of its Titles, I Aould con- 
clude it to have been written a- 
^inft Oliver Cremipeli, and in 
Compliment to K.Cbarieilh juft 
at the Period of that Monarches 
Reftoration.— Yet have neither 
Langbaine, Gildon or Jacob men- 
tioned it at zW.'^Wbincoffy indeed^ 
has named it, and called it a 
^ragi-Comedy, but afligned no 

©ate to it. But Coxeter's MS. 

tho' it takes Notice of a Piece 
with the fame firft and fecond 
Titles, yet ftiles it a ComicT*ri- 
gieal Farce, of two A£^s, in 8vo. 
dates it 1718, and places the 
^ene of it at t/rbino. 

The Usurp IRS, or tbeCoffee^ 
heufe Polttidam* Anon. 1749.-?* 
Whether this is a Play or Farce 
I know not, finding no mention 
-mi it any where but in the Bri- 
^fo tbattrei whichever it be, 

w A 

however, it was mever a£led) 
nor, I imagine, even intended' 
for the Stage. 

.w. . 

•pHE Walking Statue, 
or the Devil in the Wine Cel- 
lar. Farce, by A, llill^ 4to, 
1709. — This little Farce is print- ^ 
ed at the End of, and was, I \it* 
lieve, annexed in the Reprefenta- 
tion to the Elf rid, or Fair Jnctm' 
ftaiit, of the fame Author. — ^The 
Plot of it is totally farcical, and 
the Incidents beyond the Limits 
of Probability, nay, even of Pof- 
fibility; yet there is fomewhat 
laughable in the Incident of paf- 
fing a living Man on the Father 
as a Statue or Automaton, and 
the Confequence of it, thoujh 
fomewhat too low for a dramatic 
Pitce of any Kind of Regularity, 
may, neverthelef?, be en:lured, 
by conHdering this as a Kind of 
fpeaking Pantomime, which may 
furely be as readily admitted of, 
and allowed as inftruAive, at 
leaft, as thofe where the particu- 
lar Gentleman has no other Me- 
thod of expreiiing his Senfations 
and Sentiments, than the very 
ingenious one of Geftures and 

The Walks OP Fslington 
A N n I|o G s DON, with the Humdurs 
of Wwd'fireet Compter^ Com! by 
Tho. Jordan^ 4to, 1657. — The 
Title of thi« Play ieems to pro- 
mife nothing more than the very 
loweft Kind of Humour, yet its 
Succefs was furprifingly great^ 
having taken a Run of nineteen 
Days together with extraordinary 

TheWANDtMi. ruLTno- 



W A W A 

The Wandiiing Xover» cf London, Merchant, near Shoo' 

Tragi-Com. by Tbo. Meriton, 4to» tcr's Hill ; conftnted unto iy hi* 

1658.— This Play I have never own fVife, and affed fy Caftain 

reen;-*it is faid, however, to George Brown, Mrt, Dniry and 

have been a£ted at fundry Places Trufly Roger, ^^ents therein i^ 

frivately, by the Author and his with their feverat Ends, It i« 

Friends, with great Applaufe :— printed in the old black Letter, 

probably becaufe no other Perfons ——The Prologue and Epilogue 

would have either a&ed or ap- fpoken by Tragedy, 

^/iiMi^ it ; for, from the Account The Warrxs or Cykus, 

Langhaim has given of it, and Kikg op Pjeksia, agaikst 

the Specimen he has alfo favoured Antiochus, King op Asy- 

U8 with of the Author^s Stile, si a, with the tragical Rnde of 

we may forelyacquiefce with that Panthaea. Trag. Anonym. 4to. 

Gentleman's Opinion of him, 1594.— This Play was afted by 

Kjix, " That he is the meaneft the Children of her Majefty*s 

<* dramatic Writer England ever Chapel, but is mentioned no 

<' producM $ and, if he is to be where but in Coxeter*s AdSSm 

" allowed a Poet, of all Men that Notes. 

** are, were^ or ever JbaU be, tbei The Wart Widow, or Sir 

*' very dullcft*'* Noify Parrot* Com. by Hemy 

The Wanton Countkss, Higaen, 4to. 1693.— This is ve- 

CT Ten Thou/and Pounds for a Preg" ry far from being the worft of 

nancy, A Ballad Opera, 8vo. our £fff/|^ Comedies, being uih* 

J733.— This Piece was never in- er*d into the World by feveral 

tended for the Stage, but written complimentary Copies of Verfet, 

for the Propagation of fome Tale and a Prologue written by Sir 

6f private Scandal in the Court Charles J<d/^.-— Yet it was 

Annals of that Time j but what damnM the nrft Night, owing to 

ihzt waSf is neither my Bufi- avery extraordinary Circumftance^ 

neft to enquire, nor my Indi- which was, that the Author had 

nation to perpetuate. introducM fo much drinking <^ 

Wanton Wipe, yid. A- Punch into his Play, that the 

' MORous Widow. Performers got drunk during tht 

Wanton Wipx. Fid, ailing it, and were unable to g« 

CzoRCE Danoin. through with their Parts ; Ott 

A Warming por pair which Account, and the Treat- 

Women. Tr^g. Anon. 1599* mcnt the Audience gave them by 

-—This is a very old Play, which HiiTes and Catcalls in Confe- 

was confiderably in Vogue ii\ quence of it, the Houfe was ob- 

Queen Elixabeth^s Time.— It is Hg'd to be difmifsM at the En4 

fuQ of dumb Shews, which was of the third A&, 

the Fafliion of thofc earlier The Way or the World, 

Times, and is not divided into Com. hyfy,Congreve, j^to. T698. 

Aas. — The Plot of it is founded — This is the laft Play this Au« 

on a real Fa^, which, I fup- thor wrote, and perhapi the beft ^ 

pofe, was then familiar in the the Language is pure, the Wit 

Memories of many, containing, genvine, the Characters natural, 

as it tells us in the Title Page, and the Painting highly iinifli* 

TIk mofi lamentable and tragical ed ; yet, fuch is the ftrange C&- 

Murder of Mr, George Sanders, pricioufnefs of public Taile, that. 

W A, WA ' 

motwlthftandini the great and de- |o dome0ic Happinefs, driven^ by 

irrved Reputatioib this Author this miftaken CondudI in his 

had acquired hy hh three former Wife, from his . Home, and a 

)Comedie§, , this before us met valuable Woman, the Miftrefs of 

virh but indiflferent Sluccefs | that Home, iatd Gallantries M^ith 

while his Mourning Bride, 't other Women,, and a total In- 

JRwe of n<k the twentieth Pait <fifferenccto his Wife.-— The De- 

nf Its Merits ' was in the full fij^n has great Merit, apd the 

Meridian of ApplaufiSw — It is not Execution of it is pleafingly coa- 

very ixx>probable that this Tefti- dufted.— The principal Charac- 

xhonial of Want of Judgment ia ters are well drawn ^ ibme of the 

the Audience, might be the Mo Incidents fufficiently furprising 

tive for^the Author^s ouittingthe and ioterefHijg, and the Denoue- 

.S<<ec fo early j for, tho* be v;i», xpent attended with Circumftapces 

at that Time in the prime of Life, which render it trnfy comii:.— 

£vt abbif twenty- feven Yea,rs of And, altho* the Language; may 

Ji^.gf, and lived about twcutv-nime not abound with the ftudicd Wit 

Years afterward^, henQvef b^Kgedf pf Congreve or Wyeherley, yet it i* 

fhe Public with any otner dra-^ 9 natural and ea^ Dialogue, and 

matic Piece. ;— Ti;7iet however,' properly adapted to that dpmeM« 

has fuice opened the '£ye^ of the Life which it is intended to re* 

*Towi\ toils PefCc^iQPs J and it prefect, — In the Year 2761, the 

is now as ftc<juently perfprmed Author enlarged it Into a r(>g[«Ui; 

as any of his other .plays. " ^ Comedy of five A^ W the Ad-, 

", The Wav _to Kne? him^* diHon of two priacipal Charac « 

Com, in three A^S;^ by 4y Jl^r- tefs, viau Sir ^^A/tf/Coq/^f audi 

i'^j» ^%f*'o\ 1760.— This PiccQ his Lady%<^TheTQcm£jr ^ which 

^;jde|*ts^rA Appearance in tlus i^ a Ceotlepan* who* tho* paC*. 

I'orm^ as a fubfc^uent Entcr^-' Conately f^od 0? hi« Wifc^ yc<^ 

iainiF'Cnt to the pffert yiand oi from a.l'car of heiQ|; UughM at 

il\% fame Ajjthor.— The Inten-' fey the "^y World for yxari5ur« 

4ion of it is to point out to the nefs, is perpetually dfluQung th^ 

mjuried Part of the Female Sex, Tyrant,. and treating hex, ^t Uaft 

fioyv jn'^ch Vnhappinefs they frc- before Company, with great Un- 

ijuenjly crea'te to themfelves, by kiadnefs.-r-The Manner in which 

hegled^iiig, . ijfier Maniage, to the Author has interv.'oven this 

hj^kc ufe of the Cxmc Arts, the Charaftep yith the reft of the 

lame Afiiduity to pleafe, tke fame Plot, is produ^ive of Scen^ 

ELeganceMn the Decoration of which certainly add greatly to 

iheir Perfons, and the fame Com- the ?7r cemica of the Piece j but 

placency and Blandishments in how far it is, on the whole^ im-« 

fheir Temper and Behaviour, to proved by that Addition,' is a 

prefirvt the ^t^ionf of the liuf* Point of Controverfy among the 

vandx as they nad brfore it put i« Critics, which I &all not here 

Pradlice to tnuaken the ^affiomt of tak.e upon myfelf to determine* 

tbe Z.M/<fc.— * — This Doftrinc is — Some of them have charged 

here eof^fced by the Example of the Author with having drawn a 

a Centleroaa of amiable Quali- Charafter entirely out of Nature, 

ties, and a natural l^velinels of at the (ame Tin^ that he has 

^1^5 yft, according to his own been ta«d by others with in- 

JPefJitiUXQUS^ Aton^ly iodixxablc tending it for a Perfon really 


exift!iig/-^rofn botli tbei^ Ac- 
eufation'c, howeTer, he will furely 
ftand acquitted) when I have 
made one Renark/ which is, 
tkat however Mr. Muifby may 
have tottchid up and heightened 
it) either from his own Imagi- 
nation) or from real Life, ti^e 
Ground-work of the Chamber 
itfel/, and of feveral of the In- 
cidents, 19 to be found in M, de 
k Cbmwffeii Charaaer of D'Ur^ 
valy in his Comedy called Le 
Frt'jiig^ aktmodt% 

Way yo win mim. Vid. 

The Weakest ooeth to 
THE Wall.' Tragi-Com. A- 
nonym. '4to. 1618.— The Scene 
of this Piece lies in Bvrgundy\ 
hot what the Plot or Defign of 
it is I know not, having never 
feen it. 

Wealth an» Health. 
^7^/. Ihtehlude, &c. 

The WiDDiNr,. Tragi-Com. 
by Ja% Shirley, 4to. 1629. — This 
is a very good Play.-^The Scene 
lies in London, 

The WEnDfNG Day. Com. 
by Merry Fieldinr, 8vo. 1741.-^ 
This was the !a'^ dramatic Piece 
of this Author; ami, as if he 
had exhaHifted the whole of bis 
comic Humonr in his former 
Works, this is -by much the dul- 
Icft of them all. — Its Succcfs was 
equal to its Merit^ being damn*d 
the firft Night.— Ptefix'd fo it, 
however) is a Prologue of fome' 
Hnmour in Doggrel Verfe) which 
was fpoken by Mr. Mackhn, 

We«dino or CovEMT Gak- 
Dii*. yid» CovEWT OAmnsN 


yid. CjAFTSMAN. 

^ The Welch, or, Gkvb- 
STREET Op-ERA.— This Ptecc 
I have before fpoken of> under 
Ihe Title of tbe Qruh-]htm0ftr4, 

Hie nrft Nime being e^Iypre^k'^ 
%Q the other in the Title Page.«^ 
It was written by H. Fielding^ 
but is one of the moft indiflTerent 
of his Writings. • » 

Wxvcxslavs JUtvo o»' 
Poland. An Italian Opera^ 
Attonyv. 8vo. i7i7.-wThi8w'aB 
performed at the King^t Theatre 
in the Haymarket, — Scene Pclaadm 

WeitermLass. yid, Bath. 

Westward Hoe. Com. hf 
Wo. Decktr, 4to. i6oy.<*^Our 
Author was afTifted by IK^^/fW- ia 
the Competition of this Comedy) 
which was many Timet a6led 
wifth good Suecefs by the Children 
of PauPs. 

Wfjcford WstLS, Com. 
hy Matth, Coftcanm^ 8vo. 171 r, 
•*^Thi6 Play was never repreient* 
cd in London ^ bot^ the Anthoc 
being an hi^mmiy it probab|v 
made its Appearjtnce on the Bub" 
Hn Theatre. It is written in 
Imitation of Tuubrid^i and Mffok 
Welity but is not equal in Merit 
to either of them. 

The What d*ye call it. 
A Tragi-Oomi-Paftoral Farce, b^ 
John Gay, 8vo. 17 1 j.—This 
ingenious and entertaining little 
Piece, which is to this Day Ire- 
-qucntly performed, i» an inof- 
/enfive and good^aturM Bnrklqiie 
on the Abfimdities in fonwp^f the 
Tragedies then the moft in Fi- 
vour, particularly yenicefreferv^d, 
the priacipalCharaders in which 
are ridiculed with a great deal of 
Humour and ibme Juftice, in the 
Farti of Filktrt, Bt^cod, atfd 
tCitty Garret. -^Thtn is great .Q. 
inginality in the Manne» of k, 
great Poetry in the l«anguagc^ 
find mucl^ due Satire in the Q»ii- 
du^V ef it, -Oft which Ateounts, 
tho' it, may be " Caviare to tke 
** Mukifttde,*' if wi« eve be 
'* fure to pieafe tbe betUr jRw. ** 

What yo^t wiii,^ Coiji. by 

W H Wf 

Jubn M^rjhn, &ro. 1633.—— PUqf ws» tver aaed, but the gc- 

LtMgiaine mentiont this Cotnedy neral Tenor of it is to iUuftiate 
as one of the beft of the Aatbor'i ' the VtrtMs of Qveen EKxabetbt 

Writing.--SoiDe Part of the Plot, and, under feigned Names, to 

however, vix, thtt o{ Franeifco*» expofe the Machinations of the 

tflruming the Perfon and Hamour Roman Catholics of that Time» 

•f AibanOf is borrowed from more efpeciaUythe Jefoits, and 

Plautus*s Amphitruo, and has been fet forth the Dangers which that 

alio iince made Ufe of in other great and good Q^een efcaped 

Plays. from their evil Defigns againft 

. What You will. Fid, her Perfon.— The Queen is rc- 

TwBLFTH NiGirr. prefented under theChara^rof 

What News? Fid. Ur- Titania, a Title which fisems to 

MOLSTXMtft. have been fixed on her by the 

WhenWomin go to Law, Poets of that Time:— ^^^^ 

THE Devil is pull op Bu- having firft fet the Example, and 

riMESS* Fid» Devil's Law Sbakefbeare and Decker followed 

Case. it; the one in his Midfumwter 

When You see me. You Night* s Dream, and the other in 

KNOW ME, or the fimtus cbroni' the Piece before us.— —IStmr^ is 

ete Hijhrie of King Henry Vlll. ftyled Bniylon, Cam^iane the Je« 

with the Birth and wrtuous Life fuit Campus, Dr. Party Paride/g 

tf Edward Prince of Wales, by &c. 

Sam, Rowley, 4to. 1632.— The Who would have 

Plot of this Play is taken from thought it? Fid, Law 

Lordi/«r^«r/*s|.ifeofi/Mr^VIIL Teicks. 

and other Pnglilh Hiftorians.-— The Widow. Com. by j?m 

7he Scene lies in England, Jonfony Ato. 165s.— Tho* I have 

Whig and Toky. Com. named jonfon as Uie Abthor of 

by Bett^^ Griffin, 8vo. 1 72 1. — this Play, it was the Refult of 

A£led at the Tbeatre in Lincoln' t^ the joint Labours of him, Fletcher 

Snn-Fieids, with no very extraor- ahd MiddJeton, but ^yas not pub- 

binary Succefs. , lifted till after all their Deaths, 

The Whim, or the Mifer'^s when jHexander Cough, a great 

Retreat, A Farce, Anonym.— Admirer of dramatic Writings, 

fVhincop and the Britify Theatre procured this, and fome other 

■ both give the Name of this Piece* MSS. of the Hke Kind, for 

but neither afiign any Date ro MofeUy the Bookfeller, who 

. it ; I beHcve, however, it made caufed thea to be printed and 

not its Appearance on the Stage, publiihed. 

The White Devil, ox the The Widow bewitched. 

Tragedy ©/"Paulo Giordano Urfini, Com. by John Mottley, 8vo. 1 730. 

Dnke of JErachiano $ vfith the ~*^This Play was aded at the 

. Life and Death af Vittoria Co- Theatre in Goodman' s^Fields, and 

rombona^ the famom Venetian met with very good Succels. 

Courteiian, Trag. by JobnJVeh- . The 'Widow bewitch*o. 

fier. 4to. |6i2. —^— The Scene Fid, Foatune'Hvntees. 

Italy, ■ ^ Widow op Wathnc- 

The Whore op Bastlok. Stiest. . /74/»Pumitan.- 

A Hiftory, by Tho, Decker , 4to. The Widow Ran tee, or 

jdo7.--4 iuaew not ¥)h«thcs \hi« (he Hijioty of ^awi^ iWirgiiiit. 


* W I W I 


Tragi-Com; by Mrs. Sebn, 4to. Ifa/^la, 

1690.— This Piece was not pub- The Wipe of Bath* Com. 
liihed till after the Author's De- by Joha Gay, 4to. 171 3. — Ih's 
ceafe, who died in 16S9.— The Piece was a^ed at the Th. Roy. 
Tragedy Part of it, particularly in Drury Laru, but met ynxh. very 
the Cataibophe of Bacon, is bor- indifferent Succefs.— It. was the 
•rowed from the well-known Story Author^s iirft dramatic Attempt, 
of Caffius, who, on the Suppo^ yet its Failure did not difcourage 
fition of his Friend Brutus* % being him from purfuing that Way of 
defeated, caufed himfelf to be Writing, in which he was af- 
put to Death by the Hand of his terwards fo fortunate.— However^ 
Freedm^n Dandorus, — The Scene on an Attempt to revive it fome 
is laid in BaceiCi Camp in Vir- Ye^rs afterwards at Zanco/n^S'Inn^ 
gim'a.^^Tht Comic Part entirely FieUs Houfe, it met with the very 
Invention.— The Prologue is fame, or rather worfe Treatment 
written by Dryden, from the Audienca^ than it had 

. TheWiDow'sTEARj. Com. done before, notwithftanding the 
by Geo. Cbapmatty ^Xo. i6xa.— Merit of the Bfggar^s O^a hz^ 
Some Parts of this Play are very raised Mr. Gay^s Reputation at 
fine, and the Incidents affe£iing that Time tp the moft exalted 
and interefldng. — Yet the Cataf- Height.— Part of the Plot feems 
trophe, with Refpe£t to Cynthia borrowed from the Character of 
and her Hufband, is rather flub- Kite in the Recruiting Officer,-^ 
ber'd over and inconclufive ; the The Scene is laid at an Inn on 
Plot of L^fander and Cynthia is the Road between London and 
taken from the Story of the B- Canterbury, and the Time twelve 
pbejian Matron, related in Pitrom Hoors, being from nine o*Ck)ck 
nius Arbiter. at Night to nine the next Morn- 

The Widow's WrsH, ot An lag. 
Equipage of Loven. Com. by The Wife'* Relief', ottbe 
Henry fFard, 8vo. 1747.1—1 be- Hujband'i Cure, Com. by Cba. ' 
lieve this Play was never per- Johnfon, 4to. 1712.— This is a 
ibrmed any where, but it was very entertaining Play, and k 
publiihed, together with twp oth^r ftill frequently reprefented.— The 
Comedies by their Anthati in Scene lies in Covent Garden, and 
the Year above mentioned. the Plot, Chara^ers and moft 

A Wife and vo Wife. Part' of the Language borrowed 
Farce, by Cba, Coffey, 8vo. 1731. from Shirley'' s Gamier, 
—This Piece was never adled. Wife*sResentmbkt. ^i/. 

A Wife for a Month. Lady's last Stake. 
Tragi-Comedy, by Beeunuont and A Wife to be let. Com* 
Fletcher, Fol. 1679. — This Play by Mrs. Heywoed, 8vo. 1715.— 
U a very good one.— The Plot of This Comedy w^ a€led ztDrwy 
it, as far as relates to the Story of Lout Theatre in the Summer^ 
A^honfi, his Charafter, and the with but middling Succeft ; 
Treatment he meets with from which might, however, in fome 
his Brother Frederic, is borrowed Meafure be owing to the Seafon^ 
from the Hiftory ofSancho VIII. and the fmall Merit of the Per- 
King oiLeoH, which may be feen formers. -—The Author herfelf 
in Mariana, and Lewis de Mt^ pcrfonned a ptindpU Part iB it, 
.i!nir7ivfwr»«i»T.he Scene lies JA hv( 

W ? W I 

but miet with little Apprdbi* ProduAioii ofofieMr. EdvfsrSJ^ 

tion. and by its peculiar Station^ may 

A Wife wiil manage*, be eon}e£lur*d of abo«t 1673, ^* 

Faroe, by H, Carty, No Date, 1^74. 

Whcither ever a^ed I IcBOW not. Wily sbouil^d. Awlttie 

A Wire WELL MAMAOXD. Comedie. Anonym. 4to. 1613. 

Farce, by Mrs. CmtHvre, TIms Wherein, fay« the Title-Page, 

was never aAcd, bat printed \% the chief Cbaral^rs be thefe, a 

4to. 1716. poor Scholar, a rich Fool, and a 

The Wild Oallamt. C. Knave at a Shift. It is not dtvi* 

by y, Dryden, 410. 16^. Tkli ded into A^s. 

was Mr. Dpjden't firft Attempt in Wi n dm it£.>-Hitt.. Fni, 

•dramatic Writing, and I ndeed ib Me r e y Pr a n k s . 

todiffevent a one, as not to aftord Wine, Beek, Ale, an1» 

the leaft G>awii> of Expe^tion Toaacco comtekdino for 

■ofthatvaft Aietit he afterwards Superiority. An Interldde, 

:lhew*d him^felf M(r«fe*d of. It or more |)Foperly a Dialogue, A- 

coiifeetiently met with a very nonym. 4to, i^^t, 

oonfiderablis Reptilfe from the ^ WrN her and take her, 

Audience.— —~The Scene lies in or Oid Fo»h vn/t be meiSin^m C. 

Loniofty and the Plot, as the A«- Anonym. 4^0. 169T.— This Play 

thor confelles, is bonowed. is dedicated to Lord Dan^, by 

The W I L • Goose Ch ac e . UndeHk'fl, the Player 5 and Voxettr^ 

CoRft« by Betumoitt and Ftetehep, in his MS. Notes, aittribotes it to 

FoJ. 1^79, — This is one of the Mr. Jekn Smith, the Author of 

bcft of the Writings oi thefe a- Cf^tberta, i The Epilogue was 

fiiced Poets.— It was voiy fre- wvklcn by Mr. Dttrfey^ and the 

^uMitly perfMNHed, with ypiver- Plot of it feems partly borrowed 

fal Approbation, and about a do- from SbadiocWi Firtuofo \ at kaft 

aen Y^ars a]|o Was revived by the Chara6^r of ff^aj^ijb, which 

Mrs. CUt/ey fot her^ Benefit. ' * ■ -dvrooghout all his Humours and 

FM'ti it FarpikMr has borrowed Misfortunes, bears a ftrongRe- 

jhe Plan o#«ie/our Hrft A^ of femUance xh Snarl, in that Co* 

his Incokstajct.— -The Scene avedy. 

lies irt p4(r/f . Tlie Winter's Tale. Tra- 

A Will OR n-o Will, at a gi-Com. by ff^, Sbakefpeare, 4^0. 

menmCi^far 9hi Lmvy^s, , Faaect, 1636.-- This is one m the moil 

hy Charles MMdin, This Piece, irregular of this A«thor*6 Pieces, 

has I beHeve, been Irc^quently theUnkies of Time and Place 

a^ed at the Authot's Benefits, being (o greatly infringed, that 

. but never with much Approba- the former extends from before 

tton, nor iiz» it yet made its A^* the Birth of Perdita *ttll (he Pe- 

pearance in Print* riod of her Mftrriage, and the 

Wiltshire Tom. Cmr. JChoicc of the httter, for the 

Anonym, without Date.— I li«d icenes of the May, it Used at 

M» M^qtioA of this Piece any ibme times-tn /fib' jr, and at others 

. where but ia the Brkljb ThiMri, in Bytbima^-^ram tJiefe Conil- 

where it is ranked amongil the deratioiM, I fuppofe it is, that 

Playebyanonymeos Authors, be- feme' of the Critics have been 

tv w i enthr lU^onitloivaiid the Yeiir inducM to trxfyeSt its being Shah- 

tfoo § is /aid to b^ fuppo6*d the /jpMrf*«««— Tiwre are, hcwtver, h 

- W I W I 

Many amazing B^utie$ gUtteno^ Prints but was brought 0n the 

thro' the ditierent Parts of it, as Stage at Dmry Laru Theatre laH 

amply mal^e amends for tbefe Summer, by the Company under 

trivial Deformities, and ftamp on the Management of Xfeff*. foou . 

it the moll indelible Marks of its and Murp^, — It is written in !• 

Authenticity. — N^y, fo redun- mitation of the //»//VtA Comedy j 

daat are thofe Beauties, that tliey Harkfuin, Pantaloon, TUrrot^ 

have afforded Scope for the form« Mgxzttiny Cohtmhine^ &c. beln^ 

iugoftwo regular dramatic Pieces introduced into it as fpeaking 

from this linglc one— Mr." Gar- Chani£ters.— It contains, in many 

tick having reduced the principal Parts of it, very juft Satire ajid 

Part of the Plot, vix. that of folid Senfe; and gives evident 

Leontes*s Jcaloufy, and the Pi- Teftimony of the Author'-s Learn* 

vorce and Juftification of Hermit ing. Knowledge, Underilaodiog^ 

f/K, into a tragic Piece of three and critical Judgment j yet the 

A£ts, which he brought on the Deficiency of Incident wnvch ap- , 

Stige, referving to it its original pears io it, as well as of thatlive- 

TitJe^ in the Year 1756, and ly Kind of Wit, which is one ot 

wh^h met with very good Suc<- the EflfentiaU of p^rfefl Comedy^ 

^cefs, — And fome other Author added to the Extravagance and 

having, from the comic Parts of Oddity of a Set of Chara^ers„ 

it, formed a very compleat and which the Englijb Audience had 

totertalAing Farce, called* The been accuflomed to fee only in 

$HSfpsHSA|tiNG, or F7orif6ei the Light of mute Mimics, and 

aod Perdita* ( For which, «;k/« ^onfe^uently could t)ot eafily con- 

Aff^ihiJx^ — —The Pk)t of the ne^ the Idea of Senfc or Vn- 

whole^ is borrowed from itohrt derHanding^ to. i^m, ' in gceat 

Vretn*^ Novel of Dor^/ba and Meafore, tojumfythat^pbldperp^ 

S4unia% with which the Piece was re^ 

i Tb« W«po|yi o? Da« Dpni* celvcd by the Tqii^n. ——In ^ 

ioLX. Com. Anon. 4to. 1600^ Word, tho* far from being deftiw 

^That P^rt pf the Plot of this i^Ht of Merit, it is certjinly bet-. 

Piece, In which ]Sarl Caffimeert% ter adapted to the Clofct than tha 

Qen^;x>^ induces marry Stage^ and is one Proof amon|| 

the deformed Cornelia, and ihave inany, that dramatic Writings rc«t 

hi$ Eflate with her Father Fives, quire a peculiar Species of Geniui 

\yheA under Affli^ion by bein^ which neither Learning nor Cri- 

arrefted by the Dnke*s Com- ttciim can create, and an Idea of 

maads^ is borrowed from the public Tafle, which only a pecu«. 

Story of Zenotbemii and Mwa- liar Attention to, arid Obfervation 

crates^ loid us Ijy Lycian^ of that Tafte^ can ever beflow.— ^ 

'Xlie Wise Woman o» It was reported that a Man of 

HoGspoN. Com. by Th9» Hay- Quality, nay, it was even hinted 

wp«</, 4to. 1638, This Play met that a ilill ^r<r<?r*r P^r/^i/tf^^, ha4 

with good Succefs, and is com- fome Hand in the Compo6tion of 

mended in a Copy of Verfes to 'thIsComcdv.— Be thatasit will, 

the Author. Scene Ho^dan, however, it is certain that the for-* 

. The Wishes, or Harlequin i mer interefted himfelf very great* 

Mouth opened. Com. by Mr. ly in the bringing it in a proper 

Pentlty, 1 761. —This Play has Manner on the Stage, and that 

not yet made iU Appearance in the Royal Favour extended itfelf 



W I ■ W I 

!• the Authorin avetyhandrome Hand in this Play, yet he it" 

rrefent^inConiequenceof which ceived coniiderable Affiftance ia 

he rcfi^h'd the Profits of hit it from Ford and Deektr, both 

third Night (which, however, did whofe Names are equally men- 

not prove very confiderable) to tioned with .hisj^ in the Title- 

the Advantage of the Performers. Page. 

The Prologue and Epilogue* were Wit at a PincII. Vid 

written by Mr. Cumherlandf the Lucky Pkodigal. 

Author of the Bam/bmefit^efG- Wit at tsvBaAL Wia- 

AT^, of which in its Place* pons. Com. by Beaumont aod 

The WisHts or a ritii Fletcher, Fol. 1647. — This Play 

People. A dramatic Piece, was ef^med an entertaining one, 

Ivo. 1761. — This Piece, tho* and from it has Sir f^m, Dave- 

i)ublifhed Anonymous, is faid to fiattt borrowed the Chara£^ers of 

be the Work of Dr. Hefhanon, a the Elder Pallatine, and Sir 

Gentleman whpm I have had oc- Morglay Thtvach, in his Comedy 

cafion to mention once before iir called the Wits, 

this Work, under the New Wit roa Money, or Poet 

Hippocrates .«-It is intended Stutter, Anonym. 1 69 x . •— I do 

as a Compliment to the Princefs not find this Piece mentipned any 

Charlotte oS Mecklenburgb, now our where but 'in the Briti& Theatre, 

snoft gracious Queen, on her where it is fpoken of as a very 

Landing and Mamage.*— The De- poor Performance, and it faid to 

fign is certainly laudable $ but I Lave been written in Ridicule of 

am forry to fay, that the execu- a Play of Durfey\ which is, ia- 

tion of it is fo very undramatic, deed, deferving enoii|^ of Con- 

^and contaiht fo little either of tempt, vi», Lovkpoa Money^ 

Poetry or Imagination, that it Qt the Boarding SdM, 

fiandt itielf as ^ fufficieat An- Wit in a Constable^ C. 

fwer to the Charge the Author hy Hen. Glapthome, 4to. i640.— 

has in a Poftfcript to it. thrown The Scene London, 

on the Managers of both the Wit in Necessity. Fidk 

Theatres, for refufing to bring it Fashionable Lady. 

On the Stage.— Prefixed to it is a The Wit of a Woman. 

Dedication to the Queen in Com. Anonym. 4X0. 1604.— This 

French, for which the Author has is ftiled by the Author a pleafant 

Justed, as a Precedent, M. de merry Comedy, but Lanvbaine 

'0 1 aire's Englifj Dedication oi givea it u? as his Opinion, tnat it 

his Henriade, to Queen Caro* by no Means deferves that Cha* 

line, ta£ter. 

The Witch op Edmon- The Wit of a Woman. 

TON. Trari-Com. by TFm, Rewi Com. Anonym. 1705. — Thia 

Ipf, 4to. 1658. — This Piece is Play is formed from the preceding 

faid in the Title -Page, to be one, by reducing the principal 

founded on a known true Story. Merits of it, within the Limits 

—It met with fingular Applaufe, of three A&m, It was performed 

be'ng often a^Slcd at the Ccckpit at the Theatre in Little Lincoln's 

in Drury Lane, and once at Court. Inn Fields, and met with a very 

—The Scene lies in the~town of favourable Reception from the 

Edmonton, < < -Altho* the above- Town. 

JBstmed Aoth6r had ihe diicC "^ix ntitrovt Money. 

W I W I 

Com. by Seatfmout and Fletcher, reCpt£kiyc Origins, I Aall Jierc fet 

4to. 1639. —This Comedy is a down, as taken from the abov^ 

very entertaining one^ and is a- 'mentioned Tables, vix, 

mong the Number of thofe few i. The Bouncing Knight, — 

Pieces written by thefe Authors, from — Shakejj>eare"f Henry IK 

which are even now frequently Part I. 

ceprefented on the London Stages. 2. The Bubble — from — Cooke's 

The Scene of it lies in London, Green* i tuouoque. 

The Chara^er of P^dlentine, who 3. Thi Ckomen — from — ^eau" - 

renounces all Patrimony, and re- mont and Fletcher^s Pbihfter, 

folvcs to live by his Wit, is 4. The Empiricli-'—fxom^-Ben 

whimfical, yet fpirited and plea- Jonfon^s Alchymiji, 

fing, as is alfo that of the Wi- 5. An Equal Match -^from— . 

dow, who is won by the Blunt- Beaumont and Flstcber'i Rule a 

ncfs and open Sincerity of hisBe« Wife and have a Wife, 

haviour. — There is alfo true Hu- 6. The Falfe Heir — from *— 

mour in feveral of the inferior Fletcher's Scornful Lady, 

Chaiafters. 7. Forced Falour — ^from— The 

The Wits. Com. by Sir W, Hamorous Lieutenant, of Beauffione 

Duvenant, 4to. 1635. — This was and Fletcher, 

eftcemed a good Play, and met 8. The French Dancing Majler 

with good Succcfs. — The Scene -—from— the Duke of Mwc^/r*j 

is laid in Londpn, but fomc Part Variety, 

of the Plot, as I have hinted be- 9. The Grave-ptakers-^from^^ 

fore was borrowed from Beau' Shakefpeare' s Hamlet, 

mont and Fletcher^ % Wit at 10. Jenkins's Love Courfe — 

SEVERAL Wz A p o N s It is, from— The Sc hool of Compliments, 

however, highly commended in a by Ja, Shirley, 

Copy ofVerfes written by Mr. u. Jnvifhle Smirk --^ from •^ 

Tbo, Care<u.\ The fwo merry Milkmaids, 

Tht Wits, or Sport upon Sport, 12. The Lame Gmmomtuealth 

8vo. 1673, This is only a Col- ^—ftomr-^Beaumont and Fletcher* t 

ledion of various Drolls aod Beggar's Bujb, 

Farces, frequently prefented by i3.The Ltfwittk^— from— The 

Strollers at Fairs. — They confift Chances of the fame Authors, 

chiefly of Scenes ( all of them 14. The Mock Teftator — from 

comic) borrowed from the cele- — The Spanijb Curate of the 

brated Plays of Shakefpeare, Flet- fame. 

cher, Marflon, Shirley, &c. and 5. A Prince in Conceit — from 

prefented by themfelves ftider '^Shirlefs Obportuntty, 

jiew Titles. — The Edition here 16. Simpleton, Simpkin, Hobhi- 

mentioned, is the bcft, but not nol and Swabber — from — Cox's 

the firft ; and in one of the for- Diana and ABaon, &c, 

mer Editions, there is a Table 17. The Stallicn — from— The 

prefixed, which fliews from what ^^ufiomofthe Country, by BeaU' 

Play eaf h Droll is borrowed. — mont and Fletcher, 

The Editor of this Collection was 18. The Surprixe-^from^Fa' 

one Francis Kirkman, aBookfeller, tber's own Son, a Play which we 

and a very great Admirer of dra- cannot find any where meodoa* 

matic Writings. The Nances of cd but ia this Lift. 
tb^ \^ous Pieces, with their 


w r w I 

19. tht^tjfy Lover^^from -^ I* to be found in the greiteft 
3i^nfthont and Fletcbtr's iidaleTt Part of thH Author's comic 
Tragtdy. And ^ Writings. — The Scene lies in 

20. *rhree merry J?ovf»-^from— Lofiddn, 

The S/c«<^ Brother of the iame. Tf ivxs m bt a m or > ho»*d^ 

There js alio a fecond Part of f7</. Dxyil to pay. 

Sj>ori upon J^ficrt, puUi^ed to Woman Captain. Com. 

167ft, which contains fix Pieces^ by Tbo, Shadwett, 4to. 16S0. -* 

Tuppofcd 'to be written by Rob, This Play met with very good 

Cm, the Conaedian. — The Titles Succcfs in , the Reprefentation, 

of which, are as follow x and, indeed, altho* it may fall 

J. Abajuerta and ^een Efther, Aort of the Merit of faif P^rtuof; 

2. The Black Man, Sfuire o/Affatia, and fome few 0- ' 

2» Di/fhilo andGranida,' thers of his dramatic Pieces, yet 

4, Pbilitut and Confiantia^ it has confiderable worth in the 

^, King Solomon* s fVifdom, and Variety of its Characters, and 

6, Venui andAionii, the Multiplicity of its Incidents. 

Of what Species of Drama The Scene In Uondon, 

thefc fix laft Pieces are, I cannot The Woman Hatek. Conj. 

undertake to declare,, they having by John Fletcher, 410. 1640.— In 

never fallen into my Hands, the Compofition of this Piece, 

But I am apt to believe the motk Mr. Fletcher , had no Afliitances. 

of them to be a Kind of Inter- It is a very good Comedy, and 

ludes. met with Succefs. — After the Re- 

WiTs Cabal. "Com. in two flotation it was revived by Sir 

Parts, by the Dwchtfs oi New' f^m, Davenant, with the Addi- 

eapUy F«l. 1^62. tion of a new Prologue, tnftead 

Wits lid by thbNosb, of the original one, which had 

Vid. Lo vE*8 V J c tor Y , been in Profe. — The Scene lies in 

A Witty CombAt, qx the Milam, 
Female FlBor, Tragi-Com. by The Woman in the Moon. 

T. JP. 4to. x663.^-Thifi Pl»y was Com. by John Lyty, 4to. 1597. 

a^ed by Perfons of Quality, in ' Woman keeps a Sacret. 

the JVbitfun H^eeky with great /7</. Wonder. 
Applaufc. — The Plot of it is A Woman kIll'd with 

founded on the Story of May Kindness.- Trag. hyThcUey- 

Carleton, the German Princcft, wood, 4to. 1617. — I cannot help 

whofe Life is^formed into a Ko- looking on this Play as one of 

vel, and printed in 8vo» 1673. thc^eft of this Author's Writing^ 

The WiTjY Faii One, For altho* there is, perhaps, tc>o 

Com. by ^mes Shirley, 4to, much perplexity in it, arlfing 

1633. from the great Variety oflnci- 

WiTTY Falsb One. Fid, dents which are blended together, 

Madam Fickle. yet there are ibme Scenes, and 

The Wives Excuse, or numberlefs Speeches in it, which 

Qtchlds make them/elves. Com. by wonld have done no Difhonour to 

7U», Sauthcrne^ 4to. 1692. There the Pen of Shakejpeare himfelf. 

is a great deal of gay lively Con- Mr. Frahcford^i Sedti^^on by 

verfation in this Pky, much true WindoU, might, pet hafks, with 

Wit, and lefs Licentioufnefs In- . mOfC Propriety, have been txtei^* 

fcmifigled with that Wit, than ded On, and hav( (ivtii 8^6^ 

w I • Wo 

fbi- more Argument on the Side ring this to have been o^ the 

of her Lover and a niore gradual fame Kind, and that it moft pro* 

yielding on hers, as her Con* >bably might owe its Origin to 

queft at prefent appears fome- fome or other of the older dra- 

what too cafy for a Woman who matic Poets, 

ever before appears fo amiable. WomaS* never vex' p. Vid, 

But Nothing Can be finer than her New Wonder. 

Confcioufnefs of Guilt, her Re- Woman once in thi 

morfcy and Self-Accufations after right. Vid» R i c h mono 

it; and the Marnier of her Heiress. 

Death, in Cohf^quence of her Woman turn'd Bully. 

Hufband's Lenity and Affe£lion, Com. Anonym. 167?, Acted at 

is beaiitiftilly conceived, and finely the Duke of Tork*^ 'Iiieatre. 

executed, and leaves u&ftill pre- Woman vtears The Brse- 

judiced in Favour of a Character, cues. Vid. City Wit. 

which in the former Parts of the Woman wears the B&ee. 

Play, every one nluft haree been ches. Vid, Ghost » 

attached toby the nioft ratio- Woman will have her 

j»al Partiality. I In a Word, Will. I'^d. Englishmen 

was this Part of the Plot to be for my Money. 

modernized by fome able Hand, Woman's ApvocATE, V:d, 

it might undoubtedly furniih Ma- Contented CuckoLD. . 

terials for, a very fine Tragedy. Woman's a Riddle. Com. 

As to the other Plot of the Quar- iimo. 17 1 6. ^This I^lay was 

rcl between Sir Charles MoUntford afted at Lincoln' i Inn Fields The. • 
and Sir Francis AEion, it might and met with confiderable Ap- » 
well be difpcnfcd with, as having plaufe. — It was, however, the 
"too little Connexion with the Occaiion of fome Difputes be- 
more important Defign of the twccii Mr. CbriJiopberjSuIlocl^f the' 
Pied^, and, indeed, the Pleadings nominal Author, and who 
of Sir Charles with his Sifter, to brought it on the Stage, and Mr. 
give up her Perlon to u^Sfon (ot Savagij who laid an equal Claim 
the Difcharge of bis Debt, and to tile Property of the Piece.— — 
Ranfom of his Liberty, and her The real Faft svas as follows ; 
RcfledlionS dnthe Propofal, feem the Play itfelf waj^ not the Work 
borrowed in fome Degree frotd of either of thefe Gentlemen, but 
the Scenes between Ciaudih aiid aTranrtatioii fronif a 4Sj!>a»(/^ Co* 
IfaMla, in Shakefpeare^s Me A- naedyj called,^ La Dama Duende^ 
SURE FOR Measure, or JVot^au^s the Devil, This 

The Wo MAN MADE A Ju s - Trartflalioh hai been executed by' 

TiCE. Com. by Ttv. Betterton, Mrs. Price, Lady (^ Baron Pr/Vf, 

This Comedy was brouglit on'the one of the Judges of the Court of 

Stage by its Author, but never Exchequer, vvho, being a perfed^ 

printed, on which Account it is Miftrcfs of that Language, had 

out of* my Power to giV^ ariy par- performed it by Way of Paffe 

ticolar Detail of its Plan or Me- TWj to herfelf.— This Lady, ei- 

rits ) but as all the other Pieces ther thro' Forgetfulnefs or Inad- 

Which this Gentlemaiv produced, vertency, had beftowed three feve- 

were no more than Tranflatlonf wl Copies of her Tranllation on 

Of Alterations of the Works of three different Perfons, in which 

othtisy 1 cdimot help conjedtu- Number, both the above-men- 

* B b tioned 

wo. wo. 

tioned Ccnllemcn were included. A Woman's Revxngi, ^f 

— But Mr. Bullock getting the A Match in t^e^^gate. Com. >« 

Start, partly perhaps by Induftry," three A£ls, by Chriji. Bulbed* 

and partly thro* his Influence in i2mo. 1715. — This is only an 

a Theatre in which he was at Alteration from an ' Alteration 

that Tipie » Performer, made made by Mr. Betterton, of Mar- 

ibmc confiderable Alterations in y?d«'s Dutch Courtezan, 

the MS. and brought it out in which I have mentioned under 

the Form in which it then ap- the Title of the Revenge. 

pear'd, and in which it to this Woman's Spleen and 

Day frequently makes its Appear- Lov e • s Con q,uxsT. ViL 

ance with Succefs on the Stage., Adrasta. 

A Woman is a We at her <• Woman's Wit, or tbe Laif 

cock. Com. by Natb. Field, 4to. in Fafiion. Com, by CoJhy CIBber, 

1612.-- -This Play is dedicated to 4to. 1697. — This is very far from 

any Woman that has not been a being jthe beft of this Author's 

Weathercock, and is highly com- comic Pieces, nor is he entire* 

mended in a complimentary Copy iy clear from tht Charge of 

of Vcrfes to the Author, by Geo, borrowing in it ; the Chara^lers 

Chapman, of tA-A^ot Reki/h and his Son, and 

The Woman's Prize, or fife* their Courtfliip of the Widow 

Tamer tanfd. Com. by 'John Manlove, being pretty evidently 

Fletcher, Yo\,if>^o, — This Piece copied from Sir T(&o. Re'vel and 

is a Kind of Sequel to Shah' \i\s Son, m MoidMt/ord'& G ft zt.u- 

fpeare^t Ta ming'OF the wich Par k, and from Carlijle*% 

Shrew, in vi\nQYi Catherine hei' Comedy of the Fortunehun- 

ing fuppos'd dead, and Petruclio ters. —This Part of the Plot 

again married to a young Wo-. Mr. C/^^^r has detached from the 

man of a mild and gentle Difpo- reft of the Play and formed it into 

fition, fhe, in Combination with a Farce by itfelf, under the Title 

two or three more of her female of the School-Bov, whiffi fee 

Companions, forms a Plot to in its Place. The Scene St. 

break the violent and tyrannical James's, and the Time of A^ion 

Temper of her Hufband, and five Hours, 

bring him to the fame Degree of Women beware Wo- 

Submiflion to her Will, as he had men. Trag. by 1ho» Middleton, 

before done ' with his former ?vo. 1657. — Tl^c Plot of this 

Wife in her Compliance to hist Play is founded on a Romance 

And this defign is at length, thro' czlVd Hyppolito i^nd Jfakel/a, and 

a Variety of Incidents, brought the Scene laid in F/orence.—Hovr 

perfeAly to bear. — The Play, in high a Rank of Eftimation this 

itfelf, is more regular and com« Piece ftood in with the Public at 

jpi€t than the Taming of the its firft coming out, may be ga- 

Shrew, yet has net, on the ther'd from the Words . of Mr. 
whole, fo many Beauties as are to . Richards, a Cotemporary Poet, 

be mnet with in that Comedy. — who clofes a Copy of Verfes in 

The Scene lies in London, and the Praife of it, with thefe Words, 

whole is the Work of Mr. Flet- " Ne^er tragedy canu off with men 


eher, unafliited by, and I believe j^lauje,^ 

written after the Death of his Women pleased. Tragi- 

I'artner Mr, Beaumtnt, Com* by Buutmont vid Fietcber. 

wo wo 

The Plan of the Comedy Parts Servant Gtbbyy are juftlv drawfl^ 
of this Play, bet>veen BarteUo^ and very well finiihed.— I know 
Zcpez, Ifahella and Claudio, is com- not however whether the whole 
piled from three or four different Merit of this Contrivance is to 
Novels ofBoceace ; and that of the be attributed to Mrs. Centlivre, as 
ferious Parts, relating to Silvio there are fome Circumftances in 
and Behidera, more efpecially as the Concealment of IJabella^ Vi- 
to the Incidents of the laft Aft, olante*% Fidehty to her Truft, and 
may be trac'd in Chaucer^ Wife the Perplexities which arife there- 
of iBtf/i>*s Tale^ According to from, that ieem to bear a Re- 

the beft of my Judgment, this femblance to fome Part of the 

Play may very jnftly be ranked Plot of a Play of Lord Digby^s, 

with feveral of the Pieces of cslW d Elvira, or the7^or/ii»ot al" 

thefe Authors which are better ivays true. The Scene lies at 

known, and even frequently re- Li/bon. — Mr. Garrick has thrown 
prefented j nor can I help think- a new Luftre on this Com. byre- 
ing that, without any farther Al- viving it, with fome judicious Al- 
teration than a judicious curtail- terations, and by his inimitable 
ing of fome particular PaHages, Performance of Don Felix, 
or what isunderftoodin theThe- ^The Wonder, an honest 
atrical Language, by yroperly cut" Yo ikshireman. Ballad Ope, 
//ff^ this Play, it might be ren- 8vo. 1735. —I never faw this 
der'd, on a Revival, a very agree^ Pi-ce, but imagine it to have been 
able Entertainmeiit even to the fome catch-penny Affair, written 
nice-ftomachM Audiences of the either in Ridicule of, or with an 
prefent Age,— This Play was re- Intention to pafs for, Carey*s Ho* 
rived about 17 or 18 Years fince nefl Tofkjhireman, which came out 
at Dr.Lane, but with no Succefs. the lame Year. 

The Woman's Conqjuest. The Wonder qt a King- 

Tragi Com. by Edw, Howard, dom. Tragi-Com. by Tbomof 

4to. 1671, — This Piece I have Decker, 4to. 1636. -— Ztfff^^tf/M 

never Teen, but from the Cha- gives this Play a good Character, 

ra^er given of it by Lar^baine Wonder of Women, or 

' and yacob, it appears to have been Sopbronifia, hcr,Tragedy, by Jobm 

the beft of this Gentleman's dra- Marfion, 8vo. 1633.— The Plot 

matic Works, T he Scene in of this Play is taken from Livy, 

Scytbia. Polybius and other Hiftorian§, and 

The Wonder, a Woman the Scene laid in Ly^/Var ; but that 
KEEPS A Secret, Com, by the Author had not rigidly ad- 
Mrs. CentUvre, 4to. 1 7 14. hered to hiftorical Fa£l8, may be 

This Comedy had vfery good Sue- gathered from his own Words, 

cefs at firft, is ftill frequently a£l- in his Epiftle to the Reader, in 

ed, and is indeed one of the beft which he tells us, that he ** has 

of Mrs. Centlii re*s Plays. — The '' not laboured in it to tye him* 

Plot is intricate and ingenious^ '* felf to relate every. Thing as aa 

yet clear and diftindt both in it's " Hiftorian, but to enlarge every 

Conduft and Cataftrophe j the " Thiag as a Poet.'* 

LangUfige is in general more cor- Wonders in the Sun, or 

reft than (he ufually renders it, tbe Kingdom of Birds, A Comic 

and the Charafters, particularly Opera, by Tbo, Durfey, 4to. 

thofe of the jealous Don Felix 1706.— —This whimfical Piece 

and Colonel Briton z Highland was performed at the Queen's 


wo W R 

Theatre in the Hc^arhtw^lt is " World tofCd at Tetmh, \xi\ 

dedicated to the celebrated So- " ed and (et down by Tbo. J 

cicty of the-AT/V Cat Quh, and ** dlftcn gnd f^//, Rowley, Gt 

SUuftrated with great Variety of *— Yet I cannot avoid mentic 

Songs in all Kinds (fet to Mufic) that Lartgbai ne,^yfho{e Auth 

by feveral of the moft eminent I have oh the whole found gr 

/Wits of the Age, who lent the to be relied on» has it b) 

' Author their Affiftance. Title of The H^ortd lost ktl 



Words made visible, or The World*s Idol, or 

Grammar and Rhetvrie accommo- tut the God of Wealth* < 

dated to the Lrvei and Manners of frofn the Greek of Arifiof>l 

Men, in two Parts, 8vo. 1679. by H. B» 1650. ■■ I fin< 

■*-— This Piece has fcarcely a Right Tranflation no where tticnt 

to be enumerated among the Pro- but in the Brifijk Theatre^ 

duAions of the Drama \ for, Author of which muft^ I fuj 

altho* we are told in the Title have feen it. 

I^age that it wa? reprefented in a WoiiLp^s loot. Vid» \ 

Country School for the Enter- tus. 

tainpnent and Ediiicatioh of the Worse Plagux than 

Spectators, yet the Author him- Dragon/ Vid, Marger 

felf terms it no more than a mu'e Worst not always V 

Cottoquittm Stbolafictmi puerile \ Vid» Elvira. ^ ' 

writteii, I fuppoie, by the Maf- 'The Wounds of c.| 

fer, fot the Improvement of his War, Ijve^fit firtli Iff th 

Pupils in the Knowledge of Tra^ediei ^ ^krius aii^ %l] 

tiAmmir and the Pradltce of ^Tho* Lodge, ^o,V^^,^~~^ 

Oratojry. — An Example liot un- Plot of tms Piec6 is 't^ep 

'wortTby of Imitation by, fomc of Plutarch, Sallufi, &,c. 

IKJ^^relept Inftru^ors of Youth, Thp Wrangling Lov 

WoR X. i^ok THE Uphold- or ifte Jnvjfible hfiflrefi. Cox 

»R8.'' ^i</. Bicker staff's Edti^Kfventcfojt, ^o, i6' 

BVjeial'. ' ** ' The Scei^e of this Comedy ] 

**The'^ORLD IN T9E Moon, it Toledo, apd the Original 

A I^famaiic Comic 'Opera, by Plot may be tracM in ai S} 

^Ik. Settle, 4to. 1697.— Whe- Romance, call'd Deceptt'o > 

pier or not arty Part of this Piece or feet'ti^ and helievifw an 

IS borrowed from Mrs. Jpehn^s things, ^But, as CofnefH 

£^^or oj^the Moon, I know not, takeh the fam§ Romance fc 

tavinj' never feen this Piece. Grpupdwork of his Le$ Ep 

''Tire World toss*d at fnees du Hazard, md Moiiet 

Tsifi^is. Mafbue^ by Tbon^as that of his De^tt amorfux, 

Mid<tleidn, 4to. 1620.— By this probable that Mr. Ravei 

Title I have ventur'd to fet down might rather fet thefe great 

<Ke* Piece before us (altho' I have matic Writers before hi: 

iever mylelf feen it) on the Au- forming the Model of this 1 

thority <Jf almoft all the Writers, than the Author of the ^ 

irriore efpecially Mr. Coxeter, who, —The Writer oi Woman* s a 

iti his M&.' has given" the Title 'die feems alfo in her Tu 

inore it )ir^t, vix, *' A Ceurt/y have borrowed fomc Hints 

^f Maffui^ the Device caU^'d^* Tb'« Mt . Ra-uciifcroff , 


* Wyat*s History. Play, Mr. AJdiJon^ whom lie figures' 

\iyTbo, Decker, 4to. 1607. — ^The under the A\\t%oty of a JVrcn, 

whole Title of this Piece (ia whom the former had mounted 

which the Author was aflifted aloft on his Eagle Back, — But, 

by Webfier) is as follow^.— T/>^ whether he afterwards became re- 

famous Hiftary of Sir Thomas* conciled to Mr. Addijony or, that 

'TfydXy with tie Coronation of S^jen the general Allowance given to 

M»ry, and the coming /« of King his Merit, rendered Mr. CiUer 

Philip, plaied By the Qjjeen Ma- afhamed of this extravagant In- 

jeftics Servants, Veftive, he thought proper, in 

the Quarto Edition' of a feledt 

■ Number of his Plays, to on^ut 

this Dedication The Tra- 

X. g^<*y i^^elf, as to the Plot anii 

great Part of the Language, is 

VERXES. Trag. by C. Ob- borrowed from the Cid, of M. 

■'*' A,T, 4to. 1699.— This Tra- Corneilie. 
gedy made its firft Appearance at 

Linco/n^S' Intt' Fields Houfc, but '' 

with no Succefs, making a Stand ^ 

of only one Night, as may be __ ' 

githerM from an Inventory of ^* ' 

Theatrical Goods to^e foH hu- ~ 

moToufly related by the Tatkr, V^owaw or Kint. Vid, 

in which, among other Things, Tunbridge Walks, 

are, *' Th Imperial Robes of Ykkle and Yar ico. Tr,' 

" Xerxes, never 'wore but once,'—' Anonym. — This Piece is men- 

The Scene lies in Perjia, and the tioned both by fVkincop and the? 

Plot is borrowed from the Perfian Author of the Britifb Theatre, 

Hiftory, but fo little did this Au- yet neither of them aflign jsiny 

thor's Genius lie towards Tra- Date to it. — The Name, how- 

gedy, that I can by no Meais ever, evinces that it muft have 

pretend to vindicate it from the been written fince the SpeBators, 

Diflike fhcwn to it by the Au- the Plot being built on a cele- 

dience. brated Story in one of thoie Pa-* 

'KiMM.VA, or the Heroic Daugk* pers, and moil probably not far 

ter, Trag. by C, Cibber, 410. off from the Time when thofe 

- I7 13 —This Play was the Pro- Papers were in Vogue, which was 

du£tion of the fame Author with about 17 11. 

the foregoing; nor did it meet A Yorkshire Tragedy. 

with much better Fortune. — For by PP^, Shakefpeare, Fol. 1685.-^ 

which Reafon I fuppoie it was, This is one of the feven Pieces 

that it made not its Appearance^ denied hy fome of the Cotnmen- 

in Print till about two Years after tators. td have been Sbahefpeare'^s^ 

it had been ^£led on, the Stage, and yet are publiihed with his 

' •— To.the firft Edition of it the Works.— It is not divided into 

Author has prefixM a Dedication A&,\, and Langbaine calift it ra? 

to Sir Richard Steele, in which he ther an Interhide than a Trage- 

pays that Gentleman a. very exp dyj but I own I am myfelf ra- 

alted Compliment at the Ekpence ther apt to believe, from, the 

of a much fuperior Writer, vizt 9hortnefs, Irregularity and Ab- 

B b ^ ru^tnefs 


Y O 

ruptnefs of Tome of the SceneS) 
that It might have been the 
Sketch or Outlines of a nr.ore 
compleat Defign left unfiniihed 
by it's A^uthor. — On it, how- 
ever, Mr. Mitchell feems to have 
formed the Ground Work of 
bis Fatal Extravagance, 

The Young Admiral. 
^iVagi-Cora. by Ja, Skirlty, 410 » 
1637.— 5ccne Na/fles, 
^ The You^iG King, or the 
Mifiake. Tragi-Com. by Mrs, 
£ehrti 4to. i6?3.— The Plot of 
this Way, which is very far from 
being a bad one, is borrowed 
from the Hiflory of Alcamenes 
and Menalipfa in M. Calprttiade's 
celebrated Romance of Cleopatra^ 
p. 8. and the Charafter of the 
Ybung King bears fome Refcm- 
blance to HippoUto In Dryden^s 
Tempeft.-^Tht Scene is laid in 
the Court of t>aci£r betweeo th« 
two Armies juft before theTown^ 
and the Author has dedicated the 
Play, under the fi<5litious Name 
of rhilajier, to fome Gentlcmaa 
who appears to have htcn her 
very particular Friend, not im- 
probably a Lover. 
~ Young Mail's Lovx. Vid^ 
Old Man's Lesson. 

The Younger Brothir, 
cr the AmwQut Jilt, Com. by 
"Mrs* Behrr^ 4to. 1690. — This 
play, tho' written, ten Years be- 
fore her Death, was i>ot publiih- 
ed till after that Event.— It feemai 
to have been a Favorite of it's 
Author, and is indeed not de- 
void of Merit, the two firft 
A^s particularly abounding with 
very lively and plea/lng Wit.— It 
did not, however, meet with ve- 
xy great Succefs, probably owin^ 
to lome heavy Scenes in blank 
"Verfe between Mirti/la and 

Prince Frederic. The Plot is 

funded on fome Fa£ls within her 
•WO Knawkdge in the Story of^a. 

Y O 

Brother of Col. Henry Martim^ 

and a particular Lady, and which 

may be alfo found related after th^ _ 
Manner of the j^alantii in a- 
Novel called Hattige, or the ^— 

moun of the King ofTameran, 

Prefixed to this Play is a Life qC 
it's Author. 

The Younger Brother^ 
or the Sham Marquis. Com. 
Anon. 8vo. 1729. — This Piece 
was afted at Lincoln i-Jvn-FiekU 
Theatre, "but I fancy without 
Succefs, Mr. ViEior having not 
even fo much as mentioned it in 
his Lift. 

Younger the wiser. r/V<> 
Amorous Miser. 

Your fjve Gallants* 
Com. by Ti&o. Middleton, 4to.— 
This Play is publiihed without s 
Date, and all the Writers agree 
in fuppofing it the firA of the 
Author's Writings j but the Au- 
thor of th£ Britijb theatre has„ 
on what Ground however I know 
not, moce than this general Sup- 
pofition, pofitively declared it to> 
havebecaafted in 1601^ which, 
is the Year before the Publica- 
tion of his Blurt Mr, Omfiable^ 
making Vh of it alfo as an Evi- 
dence of the Length of Mr* 
Middletani Life* 

Youth's Comedy. Anon^ 

Y o V T h's Glory, and 
Death's Banquet. Trag,. 
in two Parts, by the Dutches of 
Newcafiky Fol.. i66i.' — All the 
Songs and Verfes in the fecond,, 
and two Scenes,, together witlv 
the Speeches in Favour of Made^. 
moifelle fans Pareille in the firfl 
of thefe two Pieces, were writtea 
by the Duke. 

Youth's Tragedy. Anon* 
X672. — ^This Piece, and the be- 
fore-mentioned one of. Touth*i, 
Comedy, I find no where takcir 
Notice of but in the BrJtiJb TU- 


mre, where they are faid to have the Appearance of Mrs. CihBerf 
been both written by the fame whofe wondei ful Abilities in the- 
Author, but neither of thenv in- atrical Life have fincc render'd 
tended for the Stage. I imagine themfelves fo confpicuous, in the 
tfiem to be moral Pieces, this Part of Zara, being her firft At^ 
before us being faid to be written tempt in Tragedy, 
for the Caution. and Direftion of Zelmans, or the Corinthian 
the younger Sort ; and the other, S^ueen* Trag. 410. 1705. — Thi» 
which is dated one Year later,. Play was afted at the Th. in L/«^ 
I imagine to be no more than a colns-Inn'Fields j— and Ccxeter i» 
Sequel to it. his MS, tells us it was left unfi- 

nilfti'd by Mr. M / (probably 

_ Mr. Mouittfort) but does not is- 

form us by whom it was finilhed. 
r^ -—Scene Corinth. 

ZiMRi. An Oratorio, ^o, . 

1760. — This Piece, tho* anonym:, 

ZARA. Trag. by A* Hill, was written by Dr. JJawkeftoorth, 
8vo. xjjs.'— -This Piece is — Vet, like moft of the Pieces^ 
a very good one,, altho' founded written for the Sak^ of Mufic,^ 
©n the Principles of religious Sound has been too much confi- 
Party,, which are generally apt dered in it to give- Scope, for any 
to throw an Air of Enthufiafm v£ry ilrong Teftimonials of that 
and Bigotry into thofe dramatic Genius which the Author has- 
Works which are built upon fhewn in. many of his other Wri- 
t^em. — It is borrowed originally, tings. — Not can I indeed greatly, 
from the Zaire of M, ae Vol- approve of the Choice of the 
tain^ an Author who, while he Subieft^— For altho* it is bor- 
refided in England, imbibed fo rowed from the facred Writings^s 
much of the Spirit of Britijh Li- and that hiftorical Fa£l is fuffi- 
bexty, that his Writings' feera al- cient to authorize the Gatailro* 
moft always calculated for the phe, yet the Circumftances of a. 
Meridian of London,'-rMr» Hilt, Father ( Zuran ) and him a 
however,, has made this, as well Prince, a Chief of a powerfuL 
as his other TranJQations, fomuch People, urging bis Daughter to- 
his own, that it is hard to deter- Proftitution, the Daughter glo- 
mine which of the two may moft- rying in that Proftitution, not, 
properly be caird the Author of from Affedlion to her Lover, but 
this Play. At it*s firft Repre- for the Dcftruftion of a Nation- 
fentation, a young Gentleman, a at Variance with her own, toge- 
Relation of the Author^ s, at- ther with the Concluiion of the 
tempted the Chara^er of Ojman, whole infamous Bargain in the 
but without Succefs, tho* g^eat Transfixion of them both innhe. 
Pains had been taken with him very A^ of Tranfport, feems to 
in it by Mr. ///// himielf ; who me to have fomewhat too grofs: 
' was perhaps, tho* not an AAor,. in them to fuit a Drama intended, 
one of the beft Judges of theatrir to ferve the Purpofes of Religion, 
cal Abilities and the Requiiites and deftined to be repxefented in 
for an A€tor of any Man thefe a Time of Mortification, Penance 
Kingdoms ever produced* It and Abftinence from every hu^ 
was bi^fides remarkable for ano- maii^ or at leaft corporeal Defire*. 
tker extraordinary fvent, vi?u iw?eL^^'^i«^ 



Al A L 

cel held by Ferdiccas, M^Ieagef, 

A and the reft of the Commanders, 

• and thro' the whole Remainder 

of the Piece fcarce one Aftion i^ 

ADvENTWRis or ViNiCE, performed in the View of the 

yid» Perjur> Hub*- Audience, the whole being little 

BAND. more than a Narration thrown 

iEsop IN THE Shades, into the Mouths of the feveral 

^Tie/. LfTHE. CharafterSj^ of Adventures at- 

Thc Alexandrian Tra- chicved by themfehres and others. 

O E D Y. ^y Wiliiani Alexandity —The Scene lies in Babyloriy and- 

Barl of Sterling, Fol. 1637. the Plot is to be fouijid in ^in- 

The Ground Work oi this Play tus Curtj'us, ^/»«, a;id other 
is laid on the Differences which Hiftorlans. 
arofe among^ ^rjftfw</<?r's Captains All in the Wrong. Com. 
after his Dcc^afe ^bout the Sue- by y^rrbur Murphy, 8vo. 1761.— 
ceffion. — Jacoh contradidls Lang' This Comedy made its firft Ap- 
haine f(» faying that it is written pearance in the Summer Seafon 
after the Model of the Ancients, at the Theatre Royal in Dru/y 
yet condemns the Play for thofe Lane, under the Conduft of Mr. 
very Faults which could only arife Foote and the Author.' It met 
from the Author's having follow- with Succefs, and defervedly.— 
cd that Model, and copfequently The Intention of it is tp briftg 
muft be miftaken either on one together into one Piece, and re- 
Side of the Queftion or the other, prcfent at one View, the various 
—The noble Author has un- EfFedb of the PaiHon of Jealoufy 
doubtedly kept the ancient Tra- in domeftic Lif?, ailing on dif- 
gxc Writers perpetually in his Eye, ferent Difpofitions and different 
aiid' even borrowed freely from Tcmpt^rs, and under the different 
their Thoughts, feveral whole Circumftaijces of Hufband and 
Speeches, being apparently little Wife, Lover and Miftrefs.^Th^ 
more than TranOations fron^ Author cpnfefles in his Adver- 
Virgil, iKf/7gfg and others.-' He tifement prefixed to the IPiece, 
bas kept clofe to. Hiftorical FaA, that fome of his Hints have beea 
even in his Epifodes,- yet has neg- borrowed from the Coat imannaire. 
l«£bed the very Effence of the of Afo//«rtf.— The Plot and Con- 
I>raiTaa, *vix. Aftion,— The firft dudl in general ho)Rrever muft be 
A^ being wholly employed by allovired his owq, af)d to^ave- 
the Ghod of Akxtxnder (probably grc^jt Merit.— rThe Cfaaraders w 
in imitj.'Jon of Seneca's 'Fbyeji^s) riot ill drawn, tho* perhaps no^ 
the fecond having but little, to do perfe£Uy finifliedj the' Mifonder-i 
whh the msin Bufinefs of the ibndlngp and Perplexities pro- 
PhXf bea^mDf^m\h theCouik* duc«4mQiv%thftin by the Wrong* 


Kea4e4nef8 of this abfurd P^Bion Sq9s of Locd BuckbHrft, to all «f 

are natural and unforced, and the whom I ima^ne Mr., TCjffin hafi 

Ijicidents are (o happUy.contrived been Tutor. — r-In the latter of 

thftt> ^Itho* the Audience item -thefe Dedicatbns he tells us Khaf, 

from Time to Time to have fome f(?ycn Years before he had tnmf- 

In/ight into what ihould fol!ow> Iji' ed the moft of this Conxedy 

yet fomething new and unex- into Verfe, but that now he l^ad 

peded is perpetually ilarting up to altered his Courfe and turned ic 

lurprize and entertain them. — In into Profe, as a Thing of left L^a- 

a Word, it is one of the buiieft bor in Shew, and more Liberty 

Plays I am acquainted with, and in Subftan/ce, feemiAgwith^l mp|: . 

if I may be allowed to hint at a accordent to this coiriical Kiii4 

Fault in it, it appears to me to pf Writing. — \t \$ recommended 

. be that in Confequence of the by iiye Copies of Verfes in Latin^ 

Variety of Incidents and Number fnd one in £i7^ii/&.— Among the 

.of Chara£kers the benoifef$utit former Number is one by the fa* 

/eems rather too much hurried on, mpus WiUia^ C^^4en. •— for thf 

and to want fomewhat of thj|t ^Account of this Trai^flj^Ofl I ycat ' 

Piitin^eft which the Author jobUged to Mr. QmUr, 
yrith a little more Paini might A?ii>aia. Com. \fii fk99¥f 

have rendpr*d it capable of. — Qp Netvi^tf, Svo. i6^7.r*T|»is it • 

;the whole, however, it is a very TranHationofthefainf JPlayfitIci 

^terUinin|; Comedy, aiyl I can- JP9r Scholars ^\9ffi A^n m 

not help tfimjcing the Lady J?rf- jhcir ^cfy^. 
Mt ID this Play morie tn^y a 5^ TJ^P A^ TiqAJA-^^AV* Fsr. 

MiWifh wd for tl\e In^rtaw^ hy |i^r. ^fi^ffK^. if 57.-rr:-TWi 

.of the Scenes ibe is intipduc'd in- ^^ce ^u pe^sinAd P9t if ight 

^, more hi^ly fi^dihed th^ the Q^y, for tl^ jmnt Be«e6t of 

Mrs. Oakly of Mr. jtojmatt^s Co- (hat Gentlem^ ^^A Mx*4elmM» 

medy j for my Sentiments in ^ct* hut w^ i^pyer yet printed vrr1>bf 

f-d to which Fid, Jealovb Author hoyvever has 6q€6 pubr 

1 X »• It has been fincc Ijiihed it, together with a Coir 

.brought again on this fame Stafic legion of Poems, by $obfccipf> 
hy Jylr. Carricit for the Wint^ tion.-*It was received wit|» i«M 

Beafon, and has met with th^e i^pprQb^i/a/i> 
/am.e ^ppfpbatipn as fn the Smoi- Apollo and PAf9^S» OT 

|per. fbeBHr9fhMqPertn4%\fyhmois 

Andhia, Copa. ]iy Af^uricfi theobaU, 8vp. 171$. — r-Thil ii 

S^ 4to. 1528. — I ^ apt to nothing more than the vocal P»Bti 

eve this the fir(l Tfan/)atip9 of a Pantomiipe EptertaiDmeiit* 

in^oi^r Language of any of Te- performed two Years before ^ 

rfnce*% Works. — It is pripted in Lincoln* s-Jm-FiM Theatre, ap4 

the old Bl4ck Letter, and has the which is to this Day frequently 

following full Title, viz. ypfdn'a, ferved up as an After Diih at thi 

7"^ j^r^ fo^tefiie of Terence, in The^t. I^oy. in Coo^^jir Cardiff, 
Ettg/jj/b.~-A Fvrtptraiift for t^ Abpius. T^^g* ^Y Mr.A^-f 

Attainment unto'' the right Know- crief, 8vo. i755.r-:-On the Aat > 

ledge and tme Proprittie of the La- thbrity of Mr. Yi^Slpr.y (See Hi^ 

tinTongy &c. — It has two Dedi- of the T^heatres, Vol. I|. p. 1 68*) 

cations^ the firft, I fuppofe, to the I attribute to this Gentleipan th? 

Eldcf^, the fecond to two other above-mention'd Tragedy, which, 




tho' far from wanting Merit, met Ahiadni, or the Triumph t>f 

with no very extraordinary Sue- Bacchus. A Paftoral Opeia, by 

cefs io its RcpVefentation at Co", Tho, Durfey^ 8vo. 172 1. — This 

vent Garden Theatre. Piece I believe was never per- 

A?pxus AND Virginia, formed, but is printed with a 
Trag, hy y, Dennis, 4to. 1709.— Colleftion of Poems in the Year 
This Play I have mentioned in above-mentioned, 
the Body of the Work, but with- Arsinoe Queen or Cy- 
out knowing its Da teat the Time PR us. Opera, by P. ^. Mot' 
I wrote that Article. — And as I teux. — This Piece was fet to Mu- 
havc been therefore obliged to fie after the Italian Manner, and 
fpeak pf it again, I cannot well performed at the Theatre Royal 
•void relating a humorous Anec- in Drury Lane with Succ^s. — In 
dote of its Author, whofe opi- what Year I have not been able 
nionated and tefty Difpofition is cxaftly to trace, but imagine, 
well known, as it is ftrongly from the Date of Mr. Motteux*s 
charafteriftic of that Difpofition. other Pieces, that it muft have 
^It 18 as fjllows.— Mr. Dennis been after 1700. 
had for the Advantage, as he ex- Artaxerees. Opera, 8vo. 
peAed, of this Play, invented a 1762.— This Piece is fet to Mu- 
•new Kind of Thunder, which Be in the Manner of the Italian 
the A£lors indeed approved of. Operas, and was performed at 
•nd is the very Sort made Ufc of dvent Garden Theatre partly by 
to this Day in the Theatre.—— Eng;IiJb znA partly by Italian Sia« 
Notwithftanding this Affiftance, gers. — ^Jt met with good Succeft 
however, the Tragedy fail'd ; during the Run 5 which however 
but fomc Nights after the Author was not a very long one, it hav- 
h^ing in the Pit, at the Repre- ing been brought on too late in 
lentation of Macbeth, and hear- the Seafon.— Both the Words 
log the Thunder made Ufe of, and Mufic are by that great Corn- 
he arofe, in a violent PafHon, and pofer Dr. Thcmas Auguftine Ame* 
exclaiming with an Oath that that —The former, however, was no 
was his Thunder, See, faid he, more than a moft wretched man* 
bow tbefe Rafcals ttfe me \ they will gled Tranflation of that exceUeiit 
not let tfty Play run, and yet they Piece the Artaferfe of the Abbe 
flhai my Thunder, Metaftafio, in which Dr. Ame has 

Arcadia, or the Shepherds at leaft ihewn, that however dofe 

Wedding, A Dramatic Paftox-al, an Alliance Poetry and Mufic 

Svo. 1761.— This little Piece may have with each other, they 

was brought on the Stage at DrU' are far from being conftant Com- 

ry Lane Theatre this Seafon, and panions, fince in this Perform- 

has been performed feveral Nights, ance the former is entirely as 

tho' with no very extraordinary contemptible as the latter is ini- 

Approbation or Succefs. It is mitable. 

extremely Aortand fimple, being Attorney's Clerks. Vid, 

only a Compliment to their pre- Rival Milliners. 

fcnt Majefties on their Nuptials. 

—The Words are by Mr. Lloyd, 

and the Mufic compofed by Mr, 

Stanley, Bacoh 

B A -BR 

of Pompey even in the very Tem- 

T> pie of yuno, — This is one Fault 

• ij? the Conduft of the Defign, yet 

I think not the only one, Cieen 

BAc^N IN X^^^GiNiA. Vid, himfelf, who ought afluredly to 
Widow Ranter. be the Hero of the Piece, being 

The Banishment op Ci- of much lefs Conli:quencc, and 
CERO. Trag. by Rick* Cum- his Chara^er more carelefsJy 
berland, Efqj 4to. 1760. — This touched, than thofe of feveral 
Play was never a£led, nor pro- others in the Play, and the Ca- 
bably intcn4ed for the Stage.— taftrophe it felf being too haftily 
The Plot of it is founded on Hi- brought on, nor fufficiently pre- 
ftory, and on the Enmity and pared for by a Train of previous 
Machinations of CalpburniuiPifo, Incidents ; and, if I miftake not, 
and the Family. of Clodius againft far from being authorized by the 
the famous Father of his Country Teftimony of Hiftory. — On the 
7«/^.— The Language of the whole, however, tho' the Piefce 
Piece in general is nervoys, fen- might perhaps have given fome 
timental and poedcal, and the little Scope to the 111 Nature of . 
Charadlers well drawn. — Yet I the Critics had it appeared on the 
cannot help thinking thofe of Stage, yet for the Clofet it is far 
CloMus and his Sifter too vicious from wanting Merit, but on the 
and (hocking to come within the contrary gives Hopes that the 
deeent Cioathing of the Tragic Theatre may yet receive fome 
Mufe I or if they did, the Pu- future Ornaments from the fame 
nifliment of their Crimes is not Pen, fhould the Author think fit 
fufficiently ftriking, efpeciallythat to purfue with Ardor his Pailion 
of CW/«jhimfelfywho has not only for the Tragic Mufe. 
apparently had an Inceftuous Cor- Best Words wear the 
refpondence with his Sifter, but Garland. ^</. Two merry 
is moreover an Atheift of that Milkmaids. 
Time, a Chara^er, which, by Bottom the Wea^ver. 
the Way,. I do not remember Vid, Midsummer Night's 
meeting with in ancient Hiftory, Dream. 

but rather feems a Refinement Britannia. A Mafque, by 
in Wicjcednefs . referved for the Da^id MaHety 8vo. 1755.— This 
Politenefs of our more enlightened Piece was fet to Mufic by Dr. 
Age. — The Expectations of the ArrUf and performed with Sue- 
Reader, moreover, are raifed in cefs at the Theatre Royalin i)rtf'- 
one Place for the Confequences of ry L/ifff.-— Prefixed to it is a P^o- 
fome Faft, for which Clodius logue, in the Character of a 
makes the moft horrid Prepara- drunken Sailor reading a Piay- 
tions before they are informed of Bill, written in Conjundlion by 
what it is, but which, when they Meflrs. Malkt and Garrick, and 
come to be acquainted with, does fpbken by the latter with uni- 
not appear to have the leaft Con- verfal Applaufe ; and which, the 
ne£tion with the prefent Bafinefs Subjefl being extremely popular, 
of the Drama, and confequently as a French War had not been 
to be only an A£t of Vice perpe- long declared , was called for 
trated for its own Sake merely, and infifted on by the Audience 
^. the debattcJiisg of the Wife many Nights in tiie St afon :when 


C H C H 

the Piece itfelf vTar not per-^ grudging the £xpence attending 

formed. ^ on the more neceffary Decora- 

BuROO • Master Titicit*D. tions of the Stage, confifting of 

Vid, AroLLOAKD Daphke. Daticen, ixy Scenery, Sec. a Com- 

plalht >vhich from En^iijkmek 

_____«__— could fcarce indeed have been ex • 

pedltd.— Yet the M^agers wil- 

r> ling to oblige them at any Rat^, 

* and fo fond of the favour and 

good Will of their Supporters, 

CAliito and MtLiBAA. that like Lord Tewff^, they were 

Vid, Spanish Bawd. willing ** to feed even their very 

Cbkia, or the Sttfp^^d Daugb- Follies to deferve it/* determinbd 

ter, ' Trag. 8vo. 17 ca.— This is to fpare no Expence in proouiing' 

no more than a literal Profe thefe tinfel Trappings to the 

Tranflation of the Tragedy of Mufc, this cofMy Garnifh to the 

dnie, from which Mr. FrAncit Diih of pti^lic Tafte, and on the 

borrowed the Defign, and indeed Recommendation of Mr. Demyer, 

great Part of the I^guage of his Sen. engaged Mr. Ifvwrri him- 

£«rf«m>, which made its Appear- felf, a ^ijt by Birth> in tbdr 

ance this fame Yeair* Service, and as they were >#ell 

Char LIS I« Vti, KiNo convinced of his Abilities^ gave 

Charles. him a plenipotentiary Commif- 

The Chinese Festival, fion to employ whotn he pleafed 

A Ballet or grand Entertain- under him. —This En^gemeat 

ment of Dancings composed by with Mr. Nvuerre, hoVeVer, was 

• Mr. Ntverret 1755.— This En- entered into long before the De- 

tertainment being- not in itfelf claration of War With Frafr». — « 

in any Refpe£t dramatic, cotild But the Time necefTarily employ* 

not properly claim' a Place in this ed in procuring a fufficient X>^^ 

Work, or indeed be thought de- to ei^ecote a Plan foextenflve ahd 

ferving of any Mention, was it magnificent at was prOpofed, 

not for its having been the Caufe' which was to confift' of upwards 

of an extraordinary Incident in of an hundred Perfont, andthofe 

Theatrical Hiftory, which-is ode to be coUefbed from the different 

Pi-oof among many, hour far an Pa^s of the World; fome being 

'.unreafonable Prejudice, excited Italians, fome OfrmaHs, {oisit 

by the moft trivial apparent 5«o(/ii and fomi? few (bttt thefe by 

Cauicy may mifgutde public Judg- much the fmalleft Klimbier ) 

ment, and occaiioa it to cniih i'Vini^iMiMr, togeiheir\^lth their re- 

and overthrow in one point the fpeftive Voyages^to L^itdifk, the 

very Fabrid which in fome other Time taken up in cOfitriv!n| and 

it has been itfelf attempting to oaakinf^up fuch an^ihferOiis Va- 

rcar. — The Town had for fomft riety of fnitable HaUcs, and that 

Seafons been murmuring at the required for^repeatedPrafticH of 

tfvtfr;V/o05 Difpofition> as it wat the Ballet itfelf before it could be 

ftiledy of the Managers in ^n^ fufficiently regular to make iti 

nung on Succefs with the Public, Appearance, took up" a Space of 

on the bare Merit of fome trivial about eighteeii Moiifhs, during 

Authors, fuch as ShahfieiUT, whichTimtfir^AMilhadconieto 

^oajba, Rrwf Otvmju, 9tCi wd' aaopthRupcurrwiiivMMinr, aAd 



War had been declared tgainft it, rofc to fo great a Height, that 
that Nation. — Here then arofcan even fome Blows were interchah- 
Opportunity for the private Ene- ged. — This however laftcd only 
mies oif the Manager (and fuch five Nights, for on the fixth be- 
every Manager muft neceflarily ing determined abfolutely to put a 
have, among thofe Authors whofc Stop to it, tbe Rioters went to fuch 
Vanity has foar'd to dramatic Lengths as to do very coniider- 
Writing, and yet whofe Merit able Damage to the Theatre} and 
being unequal to the Tafk, has not contented with venting their 
fobjeAed their Pieces to a Rejec- Fury on the Spot where th© fiip- 
tion) to exert their Spleen and pofed Offence had been given, 
jheiv their Malevolence.— Para- they inflamed the Mob without 
graphs were repeatedly inferted Doors to join with them in the 
in the public Papers, <*^ that the Caufc, and proceed to an Attack 
** Managers of Drury-Lane were on Mr. CsrrJck*s Houfe in South' 
" engaging and bringing over a ampton-Jireet, which, but for the 
** Troop of Frenchmen to the timely Interpofition of the ci^il 
" King*s Theatre in. LonJon, at Magiftrate, it is moft probable 
" the very Timcf that England they' would have entirely demo- 
" had juft declared war with liflied. — ^The Piece however was • 
*^ Fr^ffw." — Nay, they did not never afterwards attempted to be 
fcruple to add, that the Managers performed, and the Manager* 
had fent over not only for French were obliged to fit down content- 
Dancers, but French DrefTes alfo, cd with the Lofs of up\vards of 
and even that the veiy Carpenters four Thoufand Pounds, which 
and other Manufafturers were to they had expended on this Af- 

' be from that Nation. No fair, in Gratification, as they ip« 

Wonder then if thus prepoffefs'd tended it, of the public Tait;. -7- 
by Calumny and Falfhood, the Mr. foote in his Minor, has with 
Populace, whofe Concluf:ons are great Humour referred "to tKis' 
generally right, however they Faft, and ridiculM the Folly of 
may be mifguided as to their firft this abfurS Oppofition^' wher^ te 
Motives, became extremely ex- makes Shift fay, when relating 
afperatcd againft the Managers his Adventures while a ^an^Jlc 
for a Step, which, had it been Snuffer at the Theatres, that 
really Faft, would have been « it was in that Office he acquired 
fo very illtimed and unpopular. '* Intrepidity,'^ but adds be,/' an 
In Confequence therefore of this "unlucky Crab -Apple appliied 
ill-grounded Refentment, the " to my right Eye by a Patriot 
Piece even on the \nery firft Night '< Gingerbread Baker in tjie Bo- 
of its Appearance, tho' honoiued « rough, who would not fuffier 
with the Sanftion of his Majefiy's «f three Dancers frojn S^itzer" 
Coihmand and Prefence, could <* /and . becaufe he hated ^Qic 
not efcape ill Treatment ; but on '< French, obliged mc .to a pmi- 
the enfuing one, where it had *« pitate Retreat. " t 

not that Protection to fecurc it. The C hoi c z^' j^'arcc, jby 
f l^e Tumulti wej-c very violent, Dr.Paul Hiffernan.-^Tl^h Piece I 
and the Coiitefts between the never either ia\y ex he^rd raJn- 
Opponents of the Ballet and fonie tion*d.-— — Bv^t the Author 9C a 
'young Pertbns of Paftlon who Pamphlet, . caU'^ v^»i(/?ar<Aj(4r J 
were dffirous of having Tupported' critical Account of tie Lives and 

C c W'v\\\\t^ 

C I 

c o 

tVritingt »f the Hving Writert of Elliot ^ who was extremely f Iw- 
Greal Britain, fays there was foch fing in every various Tranfition 
a Piece repreiented one Night at of the Charadcr of Mana, 
Covent G'ariien Thcsttrt. — He does The CoBL£a*s Opera, or 
not mention the Date, but I the Humoun cf J illit.gfgate. Far. 
imagine it muft have been about by Lacy Ryan, 8yo. 1730. — ^This 

1757 or 175S. For this Au- little Piece I find mcntionr.d do 

thor's other dramatic Works FiJ, where but in the Britijk 1'heatrt, 
New Hippocrates and nor is it there fald whether or 
Wishes of a free People, 
in both which Places I have 
baen iriftaken as to the Nf^nner 
of fpelling the Author^s Name. 

The Citizen. Com. of three 
A6ls, by Arthur Murphy y 176 1. 
— : — Th's was one of the new 
pieces which were brought on the 
Stage in the Summer of 1761, at 
Drury Ltre, under the Manage- 
ment of Mr. Fotte and its Author. 
—It is rather a long Farce than 

rot it was ever brought on the 

CoiuMBiNE Cameron, 
ykl, Harls<;ji;in Incendi- 

CoNQjuEST or Jerusalem. 
T^id, Four 'Prentices op 

Contented Cuckold. T/*^. 

The Contr etems, or Rival 
S^vretts, Afmall Farte, as it was 

a Comedy, the Incidents being lately aEled tcith great Applai^Jr at 

all farcical, and the Chara«5leis H--d r^ s private Ih. — rcnettr 

cutre, — The Charadlcr of Maria, the H — y M- 1. Anonym. 

a Girl of Wit and Sprightlinefs 4to. 1727. --This Piece was ne- 

vho in order to efcape a Match ver intended for public Reprelen- 

-which fte has an Aveifion to, 
ind at the fame Time make 
the Refufal come from her in- 
tended fiufband himfclf, by 
paffing on him for a . Fool, is 
evidently borrowed • from the 
Chara£Ver of Angelique in the 

tation, but was written only in 
Ridicule of the Confufion which 
at that Time rcign'd in the K.*« 
Theatre . in the Uaymarket, in 
Confequencc of the Contefts for 
Superiority betwei'n the two cele- 
brated Italian Singers Signora 

FauJJi Agnes of Defleuches j nor Favfinaf and Signcra Cuzxonif 
has ^e Author been quite clear the divided Opinions of the Pub- 
frbm Plagiary as to fome other lie with Regard to their refpec- 
of the Charafters and Incidents, tive Merits, and the infolent Airs 
—It did not nr>cct with fo much of Importance afTumed by them 
Succefs as either the All in tht in Confequence of the public Fa- 
ffrong or* the Qld Maid of the . vor fhewn to them. — In the Dra- 
fsme Author, which appeared at matis Pirjona^ which confifts eji- 
the fame Time j and indeed Mr. tircly of the Perfoos belonging 
Murphy has feemed h<mfelf to to that Theatre, Heideggir 
icqulefce with the public Judg- the Manager, is charadterixed as 
ment, by not having fuffered this High Prieft of Difcord, and that 
Piece to appear in Print. — It was great Compofer, Mr. Hansel, 
howTver remarkable for having ftiled Profeflbr of Harmony. 
^iVcn an Opportunity of fhewing CoqvET*s SvuftiMDit. Pld, 
thd extraordinary TalenU o£ % Co^^t>y. 
young Aftrcfs who had nvttx CQ>.\ovK'H>a%, tst \\m Ilvami 
;m>dc the Stage before, «i».M\C* Malign, "^x^j^, Kaatcjtsw, \^^, 

CO c u 

1755.— This Piece, tho' pub- hp a Means of directing my 

liihed without a Name, is rhe Search previous to a future £di- 

Performance of Mr. *Tho, Sheri- tion of this Work. 
dan, but is no more than an Al- The Court Ladt^ or Co- 

teration of Sbalefjxare's Ccriola- quet^s SurratJir, Com. Anonym. 

Mus, made by that Gentleman 8vo. 1730.— ^This Pla) I find by 

when Manager of the Theatre in the Drama was a£lej, tbo* I ima- 

Duhlin, in order to adapt it better ginc without Soccefs.— By the 

to the Tafte of the Audience 0/ Dedication, however, which is a 

that City. - fatyrical one> To a great Lady at 

Co K N E L I A . Fid, Po M p E T Court, it fecms to have aimed per- 

The Great, his fair Com- fond ReflecHon on fome particu- 

NELiA. lar Intrigue at that Time pretty 

Corpus Christi. An In- well kno<Aro at Court.— Be this 

terlode. Anonym.— I know not as it will, the Piece in itfelf has 

what the Date of this Piece is, very littie Merit, either in Plot, 

0r whether it ia any where in Language or Charadler,— — The 

Print by itfelf.— Yet I imagine running Title of it is l!%eCofutt*s 

It muft bave-been fo ; and is pro- Surrender, or tbe Humouroiu Pun' 

babW one of the oldeft dramatic fttr, which laft Title is derived 

Pieces extant in our Language.-— fiom a principal Charafler in the 

A Copy of it is however preferv- Piece, viho is perpetually run- 

•d, printed in the old black Let- ning int